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The revolutionary assembly formed by members of the Third Estate on 17 June 1789 when they failed to gain the support of the whole of the French States-General. Three days later the members signed the Tennis Court Oath. The Assembly was accepted by Louis XVI the following month, having added “Constituent” to its title. In August it agreed upon the influential declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen and two years later its constitution was accepted by the king. Its reorganization of local government into departments, although long lasting, had less immediate success. Renamed the Legislative Assembly (1791) and the National Convention (1792), it was dominated by the Girondins and the Jacobins before being replaced by the Directory in 1795.

Subjects: Literature — World History.


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