What changes did the Third Estate want to make?

Each estate had one vote, and the First and Second estates would always vote the same thing since they were both rich. The Third Estate wanted one man, one vote which would allow them to outvote the combined First and Second Estates.

What did Abbe Sieyes say about the Third Estate?

In the pamphlet, Sieys argues that the third estate the common people of France constituted a complete nation within itself and had no need of the “dead weight” of the two other orders, the first and second estates of the clergy and aristocracy.

Who was the leader of the Third Estate?

Maximilien Robespierre

How much did the Third Estate pay in taxes?

The nobles owned 20 percent of the land in France and paid no taxes. Notes: These two estates did not like the Enlightenment ideas they threatened their status. The Third Estate: made up 97 percent of the population. This estate was made up of three diverse groups.

How did the third estate gain power?

The Third Estate would become a very important early part of the French Revolution. But the dramatic inequality in voting—the Third Estate represented more people, but only had the same voting power as the clergy or the nobility—led to the Third Estate demanding more voting power, and as things developed, more rights.

Why did the Third Estate declared itself to be the National Assembly?

The Third Estate declared itself to be the National Assembly because they wanted the voting system to be fair and they would have the majority vote. When the king wanted the old ways, the third estate replied by making itself the National Assembly and drafted a new constitution.

What percent of land did the Third Estate own?

70 percent

Which estate paid the most taxes?

The Third Estate

Why was the estate system unfair?

The causes of the French Revolution were that the Estate System was unfair, the government of France was into much debt, and was therefore taxing too much, and that people resented the power of the Church. The third estate was overtaxed because the government was in debt. This caused the third estate to demand reform.

Why was voting in the Estates General unfair?

They also wanted to remain free from taxation. 3rd Estate -> The 3rd Estate was upset about the unfair voting in the Estates General (they were 95% of the population but only have 1 vote.) Louis called the Estates General because he was a weak ruler who was “bullied” into it by the wealthy/powerful social classes.

What did the Third Estate create after it decided to leave the Estates General?

In these modest surroundings, they took the historic Tennis Court Oath, with which they agreed not to disband until a new French constitution had been adopted. The Third Estate, which had the most representatives, declared itself the National Assembly and took an oath to force a new constitution on the king.

Why did the Third Estate want to change the voting system of the Estates General?

Why did the Third Estate propose a change in the Estates-General’s voting rules? The Third Estate always had a disadvantage as each Estate would have only one vote and two wealthy estates could easily out-vote the one poor Estate but changing the voting rules would allow for a fairer voting.