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Post  Belinda K. on Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:44 pm

France was starting to have financial crisis from: 1.)Inefficient and unfair tax structure which made the people that are least able to pay, third estate. 2.) Lavish overspending. 3.) Spent a lot of money on wars like the American Revolution (which they helped in) and the Seven Year war against England.
Louis XVI was forced to call a meeting. It was the first time that a meeting was called since 1614. The meeting of the Estate-General the first and second estates had around 300 representatives and the third estate had around 600 representatives. All of the third estate wanted to change some things (rules) that would make the nobility and the clergy to also pay taxes. In order to make that change they decided to vote, but the voting system was really unfair because the first and second estates could outvote the third estate by two to one.

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Post  ebznski on Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:40 pm

When the estates went to meet the next day so that they could talk about the changes that they wanted to make and the creation of a constitution they found the court room to be locked. It was locked because Louis wanted to pretend that nothing had actually happened so that France would stay the way it was because he didn't want to make any hard decisions. However this did not stop them because they went to a near by tennis court and made the Tennis Court Oath stating that they would not disband until a new constitution was created.
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Post  CicelyS on Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:08 pm

If Louis hadn't locked the gates that day, things would have gone very differently. He should have stood up for what was right and not stuck to what the first and second estate thought. If he had been a better person, and a better ruler, the French Revolution may not have happened. Great postt
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Post  Mira W. on Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:23 pm

Louis certainly made several laughable decisions. Not only did he not accept the reasonable offers of the third estate (making voting fair, counting by heads) - which was simply ludicrous - he also believed that locking the doors of the Estates General would solve his problems. We see that he had tendencies to run away from his problems when he later tried to escape to Austria. Good leadership skills? Not exactly.
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The Three Esatates

Post  Joshua T on Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:20 pm

The Estates if France met to fix some of the disagreements that the third estate had. It didnt work. The whole day went by with the first and second estates voting against the third estate.

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