Definition: Declaration of the Rights of Man (scroll down for answer)




Definition: Declaration of the Rights of Man

This was a document similar to the American Declaration of Independence, whereby all men were declared to be created equally. The document promised to protect the natural rights of individuals. The words had far reaching implications, as they would inspire revolution as far away as Latin America. In France, the demands for liberty, equality and fraternity could be heard throughout the land. However, women were not included. Olympe de Gouges was a woman who spoke out for female equality. She was unsuccessful in her campaign, and was executed during the Reign of Terror (explained later).

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