Lead: In the Spring of 1789 deputies arrived at Versailles for the meeting of the Estates-General, France’s parliament, among them was Maximilien Robespierre, an obscure delegate from the northern province of Artois. He would not stay inconspicuous for long.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: The Estates-General was divided into three parts. First Estate, clergy, Second Estate, Nobility, Third Estate, the commons. Robespierre served in the Third Estate. From the beginning he made his mark, speaking articulately over 500 times in the National Assembly in behalf of the lower classes, defending the rights of Jews, black slaves, actors, opposing the royal veto and religious discrimination.

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