Thursday, May 11, 2017
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Salisbury House and Gardens
4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312
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A registration list is maintained for guests who purchase tickets online.
Students are free with current ID and subject to availability.
1789: From Storming the Bastille to Declaring Rights
On July 14, people in the streets of Paris sparked nationwide Revolution by storming the Bastille prison – emblem of the entrenched and arbitrary power of the King. Within days, peasant revolt spiraled across the countryside. Popular revolt in town and country pushed revolutionary leaders in the National Assembly to make two bold moves. In the name of equality, they began to dismantle the age-old system of feudalism and privilege. And, influenced by the Americans and the Enlightenment, they wrote the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, raising the key question: who would gain rights and what shape would equality take in revolutionary France?