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Happy Bastille Day

La Fête Nationale
Bastille Day


Thank you for the help with the Revolution.

Some background.


1 Badtux { 07.14.19 at 2:59 pm }

The French Revolution had our founding fathers *very* conflicted. On the one hand, the regime being overthrown had helped them win independence from England, so there was a notion that maybe the overthrow of a friendly regime was not a good thing. On the other hand, revolution! The Federalists weren’t fond of the whole French Revolution thing, while the Democratic-Republicans were fervent admirers of the revolution. Until it started beheading mass numbers of people. That sort of soured Americans on the thing.

2 Bryan { 07.14.19 at 7:15 pm }

The reaction to the French Revolution was one of the major ideological schisms in the American proto-political parties. The French aristocracy did help out, but they were a nasty piece of work. Alas the follow-on government learned how to govern from the worse of the lot.