The French Revolution's Legacy
The French Revolution gave rise to some of the most important democratic rights that we now accept as normal, including:
- Since this revolution, we have enjoyed the right to vote.
- The right to property, which is a consequence of this revolution, is another significant privilege we have.
- The right to free speech was protected.
- Equal rights under the law
- The natural rights of citizens must be upheld by the state.
- Freedom of thought was permitted.
- Life was protected as a right.
- Every citizen has the right to take part in the drafting of laws, either directly or through their representatives.
- As soon as censorship was lifted, printed images, books, pamphlets, and newspapers began to proliferate quickly.
- Press freedom allowed opposing points of view to be aired about current events.
- Print became a popular medium for people to express their thoughts and influence others.
- Through joyous processions, songs, and plays, people were introduced to the concepts of justice and liberty.
- The introduction of a uniform system of weights and measurements.
- Systems of feudalism were eliminated.
- The monarchy was overthrown.
- Powers were divided and given to many institutions, including the judiciary, executive branch, and legislature, in order to prevent the consolidation of power in the hands of one individual.
- People were aware of the significance of having the right to vote and choose their legislators and government officials.