The Reign of Terror: Was it Justified? Jake Hall The Reign of Terror was a time in the French revolution during the 1790’s when the Revolutionaries cracked down on those who believed in a Counterrevolution. The Reign of Terror was not justified, because it got rid of the Catholic Church, violated many of the people’s rights, and killed many of their own people unjustly. The Reign of Terror was not just because it unjustly got rid of the Catholic Church. Around November of 1793 the revolutionary government of France closed all Christian Churches (Doc A). Also in 1793 there was a revolutionary campaign launched against the Catholic Church. Things like Sunday worship, Christmas, and Easter were all abolished (Doc C). Not only did they get rid of the Catholic Church, but they also mocked it and made fun of it. A church official in Auxerre, France commented how the representatives took a copper crucifix, held it upside down, offering passers-by to spit on it (Doc C). The French Revolutionary
The Reign of Terror: Was it Justified?
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As more peoples blood is split to gain the rights not extended to them, the Terror grows becoming more and more gruesome. The French revolution began in late 1789 to obtain the rights that every citizen in born with. The motto of the French was liberty, equality, or death and the price to be paid for the civil liberties was blood. The revolutionary leader Robespierre and journalist Marat explained the more blood the better so that was what raged the people and started the Reign of Terror. Were the values expressed by the French Revolution necessary though? Even though, the French Revolution saw the Terror as a sign to create peace and restore a new France it was not justified because the extremities of the internal and external threats…show more content…
(Doc F) As all hell broke loose within France it was the cause of the Reign of Terror which overall, was not justified. The French Revolution was spreading and Prussia and Austria had grown fearful; therefore, to stop the spreading of the revolution the countries waged war against France, gaining land, troops, and power bringing fear to the French. The neighboring countries in the awakening of the revolution, August 1791, formed an alliance wreaking havoc in the French cities. (Doc A) When the guillotining of Louis the 16th occurred Austria became fearful and angry hoping for the safety of the queen and beloved sister Marie Antoinette. (Doc A) The raging war went on for many years but in 1794 the invasion of foreign enemies grew short and the French are close to stopping them. (Doc A) In the words of Robespierre “We must smother the … external enemies of the Republic or perish.”(Doc G) Initially, the methods of the Terror became too extreme as Robespierre’s thirst for blood and power grew. In October 1793, the pro-revolutionaries decided to make an example of the counterrevolutionaries by setting their homes on fire and chopped off 12 heads within five minutes. (Doc C) As a way to protest and change the society that most French despised government officials changed holidays, events, and the calendar. In 1793, a revolutionary campaign against the Catholic Church Sundays were abolished, Christmas, Easter, every Christian