Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen

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On August 26, 1789, the National Assembly passed the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen. The Declaration was influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment, and remains to this day a great influence on our current agreements regarding civil and human rights. You can read the full Declaration, in English and in French, below.Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen du 26 aôut 1789 (PDF in French)Declaration of the rights of man and citizen (PDF in English)
Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (French Revolution: Part 4)

To learn more about the Declaration's context and current importance, read the 1776 U.S. Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, who served as a consultant to the writers of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, Abbé Sieyès and the Marquis de Lafayette; and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1776 U.S. Declaration of Independence (PDF)1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (PDF)

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