The Reign of Terror-Primary Sources


The period following Louis’s execution became known as ‘The
Terror’ in France. In the years 1793 — 1794, thousands of
people suspected of anti-revolutionary activities or of helping
France’s enemies were sent to the guillotine. We need to look at
the situation in France to understand why the reign of terror
began. In January 1793, Louis was executed. In February, it
was clear that the war was still going badly for France. And in
March, there was a peasant revolt in Vendee, in the northwest.
In August, the Jacobins declared that ‘Terror is the order
of the day’. By the late summer, many areas of France were
rebelling against the new radical Jacobin government. Because
of these threats to the stability of France, the Convention took
emergency measures. It set up a Committee of Public Safety
(source 1), which had twelve members. Measures
such as setting up the Committee for Public Safety,
were aimed at allowing the revolution to survive
during a crisis. A fear of traitors had grown in
France following revolution and war, and this led to another
measure, revolutionary tribunals.The law was changed to try folk
quickly. You will examine several sources and answer constructed response questions using the sources. make sure you use the sources in your answers.

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You will examine the Reign of Terror using primary & secondary sources. Make sure you answer completely using complete sentences.

Reign of Terror Sources Worksheet

The Republic and the Reign of Terror



Last period we saw the causes of The French Revolution which led to the beginnings of the Revolution with the storming of the Bastille. We will continue to examine the events of the Revolution as it led to the Republic, the execution of King Louis XVI and finally the Reign of Terror as the Committee on Public Safety led by Danton & Robespierre began to send to the guillotine those perceived to be the enemies of the Revolution.


The French Revolution: The Republic & The Reign of Terror Powerpoint

The French Revolution: The Republic & The Reign of Terror Guided Notes


The Revolution Brings Reform & Terror Textbook Reading (you need to make sure that you do more than just review the powerpoints. Make sure you complete the textbook readings in order to gain a deeper understanding.)


Lastly, you will make a Tombstone and epitaph of a French revolution personality.Use the attached template.

Make a Gravestone and epitaph Worksheet & template

Your task: Write the epitaph (a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person) like you’d find on a gravestone for a person from this unit. You may earn extra points if you make it artistic. Complete 2 from the following:

Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, George Danton, Jean Paul Marat, Maximillian Robespierre, Charlotte Corday

Your epitaph should follow this model:

Here Lies….



Husband/wife of….

Father/Mother/brother/son of…or

Member of which political group

Famous for…

Remembered for…

Include two pictures that represent the person. (for royals use French Royal symbols & for others use symbols of the French Revolution.)

Finally, we will watch the following video on the Terror.


robespierre-executed                                                                                         The Terror ended with the execution of Robespierre.