Revolutions

After Columbus "discovered" America the Spanish built up an empire upon which the sun never set. 

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After declaring independence, Jean-Jacques Dessalines ordered the extermination of the white French. 

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Done at the headquarters of Gonaives, the first day of January 1804, the first year of independence.

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The new nation of Haiti was born on New Years Day 1804.

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In the summer of 1802 the worst Yellow Fever epidemic on record hit Saint-Domingue--making it very difficult to re-impose slavery. 

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With the massive expedition he assembled, Bonaparte reckoned it would take three months to retake Saint-Domingue.

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In 1801 Toussaint Louverture annexed Santo Domingo and promulgated a new constitution without permission from France. First Consul Bonaparte was not amused. 

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From 1799-1800 Toussaint Louverture and Andre Rigaud fought a civil war for control of Saint-Domingue. 

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Toussaint Louverture began to craft an independent foreign policy for Saint-Domingue in 1798.

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In 1797, Touissant used the conservative victory in the elections of Year V to solidify his own position in Saint-Domingue.

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By mid-1796, Toussaint Louverture had no rival on Saint-Domingue. Then Sonthonax came back.

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From the summer of 1794 to the summer of 1795, the future of Saint-Domingue hung in the balance.

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In February 1794, the National Convention not only ratified the emergency emancipation of the slaves, they extended it even further.

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Le Cap burns. White colonial rule ends. The slaves are freed.

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The Second Commission was supposed to implement the Law of April 4 and defeat the slave uprising. This turned out to be harder than they thought.

 

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With slave revolts and civil war erupting in Saint-Domingue, the Legislative Assembly abolished all racial distinctions on April 4, 1792. 

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First the whites revolted. Then the free coloreds revolted. Then the slaves REALLY revolted.

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The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen sure seemed to imply that men were born free and equal in rights. In fact, it explicitly said so.

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Wherein we find out what everyone thought about everyone else.

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The French colony of Saint-Domingue was the single most lucrative colony in the New World.

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One last look back at the pile of severed heads.

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Napoleon conquered Europe. Then he got beat and the Bourbons came back.

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After coming to power in 1799, First Consul Bonaparte achieved many of the Revolution's dreams and healed many of its open wounds. So he declared himself Emperor in 1804.

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And his name is Napoleon Bonaparte.

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When the War of the Second Coalition got off to a terrible start for the French, the Triumvirate that had been running the Directory since 1797 was overthrown.

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While Bonaparte was off trying to conquer Egypt, the rest of Europe mobilized against France.

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In July 1798 Bonaparte and his healthy, hopeful army arrived in Egypt. In August 1799 Bonaparte ditched his now demoralized, plague-ridden army and sailed for home.

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The Directory manipulated the elections of Year VI to block left-wing candidates. Meanwhile Talleyrand provoked the Americans into war and Bonaparte sailed for Egypt.

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After Fructidor the Directory cracked down on the conservatives. They also created more sister republicans to systematically loot.

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After taking a drubbing in the elections Year V, the Directory decided to just annul the results.

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Bonaparte almost gets beat! But then he doesn't. Also don't invade Ireland in December.

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Control the central position. Move on the rear. Live off the land.

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The adventures of everyone's favorite proto-communist. k

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When the Thermidorean Convention introduced the Constitution of Year III, the political Right went a little nuts.

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That's the slogan that rallied the last remnents of the sans culottes to action...right before they got crushed by the Thermidorean Convention.

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The terrible winter of 1794-95 helped France push back all her enemies. Also...Poland!

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After the events of 9 Thermidor, the Revolution began to swing back to the right.

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The events of 9 Thermidor II brought Act I of the French Revolution to a gruesome end.

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If the mainspring of popular government in peacetime is virtue, amid revolution it is at once virtue and terror: virtue, without which terror is fatal; terror, without which virtue is impotent.

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In the spring of 1794. the Revolution devoured a few of her most beloved children.

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At the end of 1793, the Committee of Public Safety completed it's consolidation of power.

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Do not get into a popularity contest with George Washington.

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Marie Antoinette thought he was behind EVERYTHING

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In Oct 1793 the French Revolution took a stab at reforming time itself.

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In October 1793 the Reign of Terror got started with the executions of Marie Antoinette and the Girondins.

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In the fall of 1793, the French Republic started to gain traction against its enemies. Setting up the stage for the Reign of Terror.

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In the summer of 1793 a re-organized Committee of Public Safety began to consolidate power.

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In the summer of 1793 the Revolutionaries in Paris were besieged from all sides.

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On May 31-June 2, 1793 Paris once again rose in armed insurrection against the national government.

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In the spring of 1793 revolts against Paris started erupting all over France.

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After the Battle of Valmy the French armies advanced on all fronts. 

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King Louis XVI was put on trial by the National Convention and executed Jan 21, 1793.

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The National Convention voted unanimously to abolish the monarchy on Sept 21, 1792. Then they proceeded to go at each others throats. 

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With the Allied armies approaching Paris, the sans-culottes broke into all the prisoners and slaughtered the inmates. 

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On Aug 10, 1792 the radical sections of Paris overthrew the monarchy.

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In April 1792 France declared war on Austria.

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The new Legislative Assembly convened in October 1791 and quickly put France on the path to war. 

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As the National Assembly drew to a close, the Triumvirate rose to power.

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After the Flight to Varennes, populist agistators in Paris called for an end to the monarchy, leading to a bloody confrontation in July 1791.

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In June 1791 the royal family tried to escape from Paris, but they were busted while passing through Verennes. 

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After the Feast of the Federation, Revolutionary France was outwardly calm, but internally divided. 

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In the leadup to the great Fête de la Fédération, the Marquis de Lafayette and a group of liberal nobles began to direct the course of the Revolution. 

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After the move to Paris, radical delegates from the National Assembly formed a new political club to help push their agenda.

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In October 1789 some angry houswives changed the course of the French Revolution. 

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After the Night of August 4th, the National Assembly divided into new political factions. 

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After a wave of chaos spread across France, the National Assembly abolished feudalism on the night of Aug. 4, 1789. 

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On July 14, 1789 a mob of angry Parisians stormed the Bastille. 

 

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On Day 2 of the Estates General, the Third Estate went on strike. 

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The debate over the coming Estates General awakened the political consciousness of the Third Estate. Also the weather was rotten. 

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The king's attempt to break the Parments in the summer of 1788 was was met by widespread resistence. 

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Round and round and round it goes...

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King Louis called the Assembly of Notables in early 1787 to approve a major fincancial reform package. But intead of rubber stamping the initiatives, the Notables scrutinized every detail. 

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Just as the financial situation was about to explode the monarchy was hit by a public relations nightmare.

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As power passed from Louis XV to Louis XVI, royal ministers attempted to implement reforms, but were thewarted at every turn. 

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The Ancien Regime was a mess in desperate need of reform. 

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The population of pre-Revolutionary France was divided into Three Estates: the Church, the Nobility and Everyone Else. 

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Tours. Episode Numbering. Money. Parlez-vous français?

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Hang them on the wall of every classroom. 

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The ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights marks the end of the Revolutionary Era. 

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Between the end of the War of Independence and the Constitutional Convention the new United States was plagued by problems. The Articles of Confederation were not up to solving them. 

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As the newly independent United States trasitioned from war to peace, it was tripped up by the ineffective Articles of Confederation. 

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Lord Cornwallis was trapped in Yorktown in October 1781. His surrender ended the American War of Independence. 

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Despite the thrashing he gave Horatio Gates at the Battle of Camden, Lord Cornwallis found the Carolinas slipping out of his grasp. 

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The Episode That Wouldn't Die.

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After Saratoga the French joined the war, the British changed strategies and Washington's army spent a miserable winter at Valley Forge. 

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Gentleman Johnny's Party Train ran into some trouble in 1777. 

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With the revolution on the line, George Washginton led his army to victory at Trenton. Unfortunately he would be unable to stop the British from taking Philadelphia in 1777. 

 

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When in the course of human events...

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The American colonies declared independence in July 1776. Then their armies got chased around New York. 

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After the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord, war between Britain and the colonies broke out. George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief and laid siege to Boston.

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