Declaration of the rights of man

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen


The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, written in 1789, is the core document of the French Revolution, establishing the values and principles of the French democracy. It was influenced by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. In fact, key drafts of the French document were written by the Marquis de Lafayette, who served as a general under George Washington in the American Revolution. Students will read the document and compare and contrast concepts in the document with U.S. documents.