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23 August 1789
Jean-Jacques François Le Barbier, Carnavalet Museum, Paris
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Rights of Man and of the Citizen

The Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen (Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen) of 23 August 1789 is basic to the French Revolution and its successors. The first article reads Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Women, slaves and children were not included in the package. Although slavery was not mentioned or revoked in the document, it is believed that the Declaration did inspire the slave rebellion in Haiti.

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