HIS 102
French Declaration Paragraph Assignment



Well, the Arc de Triomphe is certainly not an image of what the French Revolution initially stood for when the National Constituent Assembly drew up the Declaration of the Rights of Man in August 1789.  Maybe the Arc is a fleeting image invoking the appeal of the idea of revolutionary rights for citizens across Europe.  But more pragmatically, it is a lasting symbol of the fleeting power of French military might under the leadership of Napoleon, emperor of France.  The Arc stands at the western end of the Champs-Elysée, the main boulevard of Paris, and it took decades to build after Napoleon had the arch commissioned following his victory at Austerlitz (Battle of the Three Emperors) in 1806.  It clearly was modeled on the triumphal, ceremonial arches of Ancient Rome.  In 1920, inside and below the arch, the French dedicated a tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I.  Photo courtesy C. Wayne and Dorothy Miller.

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Read the Declaration of the Rights of Man (along with the document background notes and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from the Declaration of the Rights of Man (not from the textbook), compare the rights mentioned in the French Declaration with those mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.
Your paragraph should be about one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use direct, quoted material to support your points.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in Charlie's History Writing Center for additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course..
The Optional French Paragraph is worth a maximum of 25 points.



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