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The Three Estates

Post  Sarah Marti Roy on Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:53 pm

France's population was divided or ordered into three estates. The first estate also known as the clergy, consisted mostly of the rich and some poor. However, this estate only covered 0.5% of the population and yet they owned 10% of the land. The clergy didn't have to pay tax, instead they collected the tax. The poor clergy didn't have to pay tax either. The second estate, also known as the nobility, made up 1.5% of the population and owned 25% of the land. The nobility inherited their titles and got their wealth from the land. The nobility didn't have to pay taille (tax) either. The Third estate, also known as the common people, included the wealthy merchants, doctors and lawyers, shopkeepers, the urban poor and the peasants. The peasants made up 80% of Frances population. All together, the third estate made up 97% of the population and owned 65% of the land. The third estate was the only estate who had to pay tax, therefore there was a super heavy tax on the poorest people of France.
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Post  Joshua T on Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:38 pm

The third estate was the poorest estate. The third estate had to pay taxes. The third estate was taken advantage of by all the other estates. Not to forget, the third estate was made up of 97% of the French population.

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Post  Mira W. on Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:39 pm

I wonder how France's population could end up with the three estates - how could 97% of the population let themselves be pushed down for centuries? How is it that the nobility and clergy gained so much power, and that basically all of France did nothing about it? It is surprising that it took the third estate so much time before they decided to take action. Then again, France's streets were filled with indescribable torture, so people much have been afraid... Great post, Sarah!
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Post  Romane D. on Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:26 pm

It was extremely exaggerated, more than half of France's population was part of the 3rd estate and they were all dying of hunger. How can a King leave it's folks down? I mean, he didn't care a single bit about the 3rd estate. There wee the poorest ones in the country but yet they had to pay all the taxes and had NO privileges. The second and first estate didn't pay anything and they had all the privileges they wanted. It was completely unfair and it was what led to the French Revolution. Good topic sarahh!
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