Marat

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Jean Paul Marat was a member of the republican movement towards the French revolution. After many years as a doctor and philosopher Marat moved into politics. Marat paper like most other leaders of the revolution was his way of communicating with the crowed. A very violent man Marat would attempt in his paper to have anyone against the revolution even in the smallest way killed. A member of the cordeliers and Jacobin club (unofficial) Marat used his paper to attack his political opponents as well as the general public. Marat was a member of the National convention and led them against the Girondins club in a lengthy fight which lasted months after King Louis death. Even before the king was killed Marat was involved in the writing of the Constitution as he had been in England for so many years he was able to see how the government worked and like many of the people involved in the American revolution contributed to the Constitution. Marat's solution to the problems that were facing the people of France could be solved by taking peoples heads off and no other way. Marat should be in the hall of fame because he contributed to the writing of the French constitution and saved the Revolution from consuming itself by his influence to have so many people killed in the great terror.
By Daniel Nancarrow

Jean Paul Marat greatly contributed to the development of the French Revolution during the years 1789-1793. On the eve of the revolution he gave up his career as a doctor and a philosopher to contribute to France politically. He started his paper L’Ami du peuple in September 1789, and using this he proclaimed his ideas to the French citizens, this was the key role he played in the revolution, he influenced the masses. The views he expressed in his paper often mimicked what the Parisian mob were feeling, he also wrote using means that they understood, rather simply he wanted nothing more than blood from those who disagreed with the revolutionary cause. An example of this is the 1792 September Massacres it was primarily Marat that encouraged the crowd by playing on their insecurities to slaughter majority of the captives in the Parisian prisons. The Parisian mob’s brute strength was needed by the clubs in the Constitutional Assembly to threaten and intimidate political opponents do their support was crucial to any party in the Assembly that wanted to be successful. It is seen that Marat and those like him Danton and Herbet played a crucial role in shaping the radial ideas that played a big part in the French Revolution, effecting the decisions the mob enforced on the nation at critical points, for instance the removal from power of the King, the decision to go to war, and the idea that refractory clergy were in fact enemies of the revolution.
By Cara Scobie