Today In History- August 26

Today In History- August 26


Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen approved by Constituent Assembly at Palace of Versailles.

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Declaration of Rights of Man written as French Revolution intensifies.

  • Paris, France

A cornerstone of the rebellion against the Bourbon Monarchy, on August 26, 1789, liberal constituents gathered at the Palace of Versailles to write the Declaration of the Rights of Man.  The document, revered as one of the most important works of the French Revolution, abolished the notion of the accepted "Three Orders of Society" (Nobility, Clergy, and Lower Class), and established the rights of all citizens under the same social class.  Many sections of the document are part of the present French constitution, being used in government and legislative activities.

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