The French Revolution

Eyewitness to History

In the late Eighteenth and Early 19th Century, France underwent tremendous political and social upheavals due in part to poor crops, a failing economy, and Enlightenment ideals. One of the pivotal events of this revolution was the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. A former fort, the Bastille at that time was serving as a prison and housed many political prisoners. How can primary source documents from a variety of viewpoints be used to reconstruct an event? To what extent are various viewpoints reliable? 

As a reporter, you are an eyewitness to the storming of the Bastille. Using these accounts to will construct your version of events in a personal account of the proceedings for your newspaper.

SS.W.21 Demonstrate an understanding of the global political environment of the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.
• Explain the long-term effects of political changes because of the emergence of strong monarchial governments.
• Describe the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions and determine their impact on the evolution of society.
• Analyze the causes and effects of political revolutions and determine their impact on the formation of governments and on the citizens of a society (e.g., French, Italian, German, Latin America, etc.).
• Illustrate the significant political, commercial and cultural changes that took place in China.
• Compare the political actions of European, Asian and African nations in the era of imperial expansion.
• Assess the impact of colonization on both the mother countries and their colonies.
• Explain the causes and effects of political, social and economic transformation in Europe in the nineteenth century, including the significance of nationalism, the impact of industrialization on different countries and the effects of democratization.

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