The first steps of the revolution took place as a result of the Estates-General
in Versailles on May 5, 1789. In hopes, the meeting would solve the on going crisis of high taxes. The tax burden was
soley placed upon the Third Estate: all of the commoners, wealthy to poor. The First Estate, the clergy, and the Second
Estate, the nobility. Attemps at reform had little success. Then First and Second Estate had little sympathy for
the Thirds suggestions.
The Third Estate rebelled, left the Estates-General, and then declared
themselves the National Assembly. Then, they made history of the king's tennis court. There, they gave the Tennis Court Oath,
where they agreed to not seperate until they gave France a fair constitution.