French revolution

“America will be”

By Ann Macfarlane / July 31, 2020 /
French postage stamp depicting the Estates-General of 1789, with illustrations of different estate representatives. The stamp includes the text "République Française, Ouverture des États Généraux 5 Mai 1789, 0,45". It's a small yet profound reminder that America will be influenced by such historic moments.

The current turmoil in our country over social justice issues isn’t the first time, of course, that people have grappled with inequality. August 4, 1789 was a landmark in the struggle to recognize all human beings as equally worthy. Representatives of all 3 “estates” were meeting in Versailles outside Paris—the clergy, the nobility, and the…

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