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A deck of cards dating from the French Revolution. Kings have been replaced with Wise Men (Solo, Plato, Cato, & Brutus), and Queens with Virtues.

A deck of cards dating from the French Revolution. Kings have been replaced with Wise Men (Solo, Plato, Cato, & Brutus), and Queens with Virtues.

The return of the royal family to Paris on 25 June 1791, after their failed flight to Varennes

The return of the royal family to Paris on 25 June 1791, after their failed flight to Varennes

Anonymous, Supreme Being, Sovereign People, French Republic, 1794, Muséez Carnavalet, Paris.

Anonymous, Supreme Being, Sovereign People, French Republic, 1794, Muséez Carnavalet, Paris.

Return of the Royal Family to Paris following the failed attempt to flee. The expressions on the faces of the royal family and the number of National Guardsmen escorting the carriage suggests the serious of this affair as well as the concern that popular protest or violence might greet the king on his return.

Return of the Royal Family to Paris following the failed attempt to flee. The expressions on the faces of the royal family and the number of National Guardsmen escorting the carriage suggests the serious of this affair as well as the concern that popular protest or violence might greet the king on his return.

Réveillon Riots.  April 28, 1789, workers at The Réveillon Walpaper Factory in the St. Antoine district of Paris, fearing pay cuts, destroyed the factory as well as the home of its owner Jean-Baptiste Réveillon.  Political slogans were chanted.  French troops were called in to restore order.

Réveillon Riots. April 28, 1789, workers at The Réveillon Walpaper Factory in the St. Antoine district of Paris, fearing pay cuts, destroyed the factory as well as the home of its owner Jean-Baptiste Réveillon. Political slogans were chanted. French troops were called in to restore order.

The "Cult of the Supreme Being" was a secular religion developed by the Committee of Public Safety during the radical phase of the French Revolution.  In an effort to stamp out all vestiges of Catholicism in France, the new leaders adopted a largely atheistic religious persuasion that emphasized and worshipped the abstract principle of "reason."

The "Cult of the Supreme Being" was a secular religion developed by the Committee of Public Safety during the radical phase of the French Revolution. In an effort to stamp out all vestiges of Catholicism in France, the new leaders adopted a largely atheistic religious persuasion that emphasized and worshipped the abstract principle of "reason."

"The Idol Overturned." France, portrayed as a beautiful woman with robe of the Bourbon monarchy and armed with a club, appears triumphant over the fallen Louis XVI, while soldiers, members of the National Guard, and ordinary citizens hold the crown of France on high, a gesture suggesting the need for a new monarch, c1791.

"The Idol Overturned." France, portrayed as a beautiful woman with robe of the Bourbon monarchy and armed with a club, appears triumphant over the fallen Louis XVI, while soldiers, members of the National Guard, and ordinary citizens hold the crown of France on high, a gesture suggesting the need for a new monarch, c1791.

“The French of Yesterday and Today.” This engraving contrasts the military capability of France before and after the Revolution. The figure on the left represents the nobility, small and hesitant; right is the soldier of the Revolution, a citizen in arms, with a uniform, a saber and rifle with bayonet and revolutionary cap in hand, and a canon in the background. The citizen soldier was motivated by patriotism and devoted to defending liberty and the Revolution.

“The French of Yesterday and Today.” This engraving contrasts the military capability of France before and after the Revolution. The figure on the left represents the nobility, small and hesitant; right is the soldier of the Revolution, a citizen in arms, with a uniform, a saber and rifle with bayonet and revolutionary cap in hand, and a canon in the background. The citizen soldier was motivated by patriotism and devoted to defending liberty and the Revolution.

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