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Modern History Sourcebook:
Reading Guide:
Early French Revolution


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Emmanuel Sieyès: What is the Third Estate?

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

Olympe de Gouges: On the Rights of Woman

  1. Who was Emmanuel Sieyès? What were his qualifications for writing? Who was he writing for? What kind (genre) of literature is this?
  2. Summarize in three sentences Sieyès' argument.
  3. Suggest at least three differences between the US Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
  4. The thoughts of various earlier political philosophers can be seen in the Declaration of the Rights of Man.
    Which philosophers and in which articles?
  5. Who was Olympe de Gouge? What light does it cast on the Declaration of the Rights of Man?

Know the Meanings of these phrases/words

  • estate
  • nation
  • order
  • imprescriptable
  • tocsin