August 26th, 1789 the last article for the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen was adopted by us as the third estate and the National Assembly.

The Declaration of The Rights of Man and the Citizen is a paper we as the National Assembly think is necessary for the French people. The declaration contains basic human rights and principles and is made up of seventeen articles. The basic principle of the declaration was that all “men are born and remain free and equal in rights” as we mentioned in article one. The rights are specified to life, liberty, property and the ability to resist to oppression without using the means of violence. Other things we mentioned in the declaration throughout the articles are rights such as all citizens are equal before law and have the right to participate in legislation directly or indirectly. In article seven it states no one is to be arrested without a judicial order. In article 10 and 11 it grants freedom of religion and freedom of speech. We were strongly influenced by the French enlightenment thinkers as we wrote this declaration. Baron De Montesquieu urged the separation of powers, ┬áJean Jacques Rosseau wrote the concept that the state represents the general will of citizens and Voltaire anticipated the idea that individuals must be protected from harm against arbitrary police. This declaration and its principles, especially article one could be extended logically to political and social democracy.