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Revolution and Everyday Life

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Revolution and Everyday Life - Lesson Summary

After 1789 there was a significant difference in the lives of the French people, in the way they dressed, the language they spoke and the books they read.
After the storming of the Bastille in July 1789, censorship was abolished.
The government put into practice the ideologies of liberty, equality and fraternity.
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen contained in the Preamble of the Constitution of 1791 asserted that every citizen had the right to freedom of speech and expression.
Written material such as newspapers, books, pamphlets and pictures were spread throughout France.
Printed pictures and paintings were circulated, and pamphlets and books were read aloud for the illiterate. Plays, songs and processions made it easy for the common people to grasp the revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality and justice.
Freedom of the press in the Declaration of 1791 supported the right to oppose views of events. This paved way for political clubs to convince the others of their position through the medium of print.


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