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Reign of Terror

By JennaLeeRahn Dec 17, 2012 409 Words
Reign Of Terror

The crimes people were kill for were ridiculous. A simple cry for your husband’s death could get you the punishment of having to sit for hours under the blade which shed upon you the blood of your husband, then you would be killed yourself. Mass numbers of people were killed, over 2,500 people in Paris alone. Tens of thousands in other cities and town throughout France. Robespierre and his cohorts initiated the “Reign of Terror”, which lasted just less than a year. This was the worst part of the revolution, too many innocent people died, this is why they (Louis and Marie) were guillotined and were the last official King and Queen of France. A king and Queen had never in history ever been guillotined by their own people. The humiliation the “criminals” had to go through was horrendous. They were taken through the streets in a horse-drawn carts and people would scream at them. Today we have the media which tells everyone who wants to know what crime you committed, though they can’t do as much to you unless you chose to go in public. The crimes that people were killed for were very minor, for example saying you're an Aristocrat and you don’t care about the country. The trials were also quite unfair because the trials were by Tribunal, tribunals power was absolute, what they said happened. Even if your crime was not talking to other people about how the Revolution is good, you would be executed. Not all the people that were tried were found guilty though. 5,000 people were tried in Paris between 1799 and 1795, 2,750 were executed and 2,250 were acquitted. Before you were taken to trial you would be brought to a “Place of Detention” where you could stay for anywhere from a few days to countless months. These could be former schools, soldiers barracks, religious convents and even libraries. I agree with a quote from “Triumph and Terror” a book by Steven Otfinoski “Say ‘French Revolution’ and the image that pops into most people heads is a cart full of condemned prisoners approaching a bloodied guillotine as a crowd of dirty-faced Sans-Culottes cheer and jeer them.” Robespierre didn’t mean well at all in my opinion, all he wanted was power, which meant he needed no enemies. All the killing was because they needed to get rid of the revolutions enemies.

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