French Revolution Enlightenment Research Paper

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The enlightenment was a scandalous time of when the world walked a thin line between reality and an idealistic world.It was a time period when new ideas came about and new theories were created. People started to challenge what was previously known to be true. During this time, Philosophers created new theories that possibly formed the foundation for new governments and revolutions.Social classes were abolished through the night session of August 4th, the Napoleonic code, and the Haitian Revolution. The Napoleonic code, Haitian revolution, and the Latin revolution encouraged racism and sexism.The new enlightenment ideals helped shape the revolutions in regards to breaking down the government’s social classes, but did not provide equal rights…show more content…
The night session of August 4th was a major turning point regarding equal rights. On this night, the delegates were required to give up their class privileges by the national assembly. The nobility and clergy gave up their taxation exemptions and the old regime was destroyed in favor of equal rights. This evened out the playing field, allowing the bourgeois to become just as wealthy as the nobles and allowing the nobles to become just as poor as a peasant. Everyone owed a similar amount of taxes, allowing the bourgeois to keep more of their income and forcing the nobles to let go of some of their wealth. This led to equal taxation and the breakdown of the old regime, which led to equal rights.The French Revolution ended with the declaration of Napoleon as the Emperor of France and the passing of the Napoleonic code.The Napoleonic code is a set of laws for the governing of France. The Napoleonic Code states that, “Every Frenchman shall enjoy civil rights”. Napoleon takes it one step further that just equal taxation and the breakdown of the old regime. He believes every man should receive equal treatment in all walks of life and that no one should take away from or discriminate based on class or wealth. In Haiti, through the discrimination of race, a very strong social class was built. At the top of the social hierarchy was the grand blanc that owned large plantations and the petit blanc that consisted of artisans, merchants, and professionals. After the petit and grand blanc there was the Mulattos with a mixed european and african ethnicity, then the free blacks, and at the very bottom there were the slaves. The upper class controlled the majority of the government, which made the majority of the population very upset. The Mulattos, free blacks, and slaves decided to rise up against the

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