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Post  Sarah Marti Roy on Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:08 pm

Louis XVI called a meeting with all three estates on May 5th 1789, the last meeting of this sort was in 1614. This meeting was called Estates General. The first and second had 300 representatives and thee third estate had 600 representatives. The third estate wasted to create a constitutional government that would force the nobility and clergy to also pay taxes. To make it even and equal for everyone. However, the way the voting system was done wasn't in favor for the third estate. Instead of having a head by head voting system, it was each estate had one vote. Therefore the first and second both voted against this idea, but this wasn't going to end here. The third estate was sick of being over powered by the two other estates. The Tennis Court Oath was held when the third estate went marching to the National Assembly to find the door locked by the King. They marched to the closest tennis court and invited the other two estates. There they promised that they weren't going to stop fighting until they got what they wanted. Abbe Sieyes played an important roll, he was the one who encouraged the third estate to fight. He reminded them of what was going on. The third estate was everything and without them, the first and second estate had nothing.
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Post  Joshua T on Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:36 pm

It was all unfair for the third estate. No matter what they wanted they would always be outvoted by the other estates. The estates general was unfairly organized for the third estate. Not to forget, the third estate coposed 97% of the population in France...

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