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At the meeting, the king announced that the two upper estates would 36 Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier painted this depiction of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789. have to start paying taxes. The taxes were too big a burden for just the third estate to pay. The king thought that all citizens should be treated equally. This included equal representation in government. Before then, the commoners received fewer votes than clergy or nobles. On June 17, the commoners, who made up more than 95 percent of the population, declared themselves the National Assembly.
This means that a person accused of a crime has the right to be tried in court by a group of citizens like him/herself. • Amendment 8–Freedom from cruel or unusual punishment and freedom from excessive bail. This means that the courts must give people punishments that are equal to the severity of their crimes. It also means that people convicted of crimes cannot be tortured and bail cannot be unreasonably high. • Amendment 9–People have other freedoms that are not listed in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
They guaranteed equality among all people. 38 Frenchmen attack the Bastille. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen included many of the same ideas as the Magna Carta and the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Among the similarities were the human rights guaranteed to all people. They include the right to liberty, property, and equality among people. Citizens’ rights expanded once they gained a voice in their government. 39 American Moments UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS England, France, the United States, and other countries have created documents and laws that protect the rights of their citizens.
Bill of Rights (American Moments) by Sheila Rivera