September 2, 1793: Section des Sans-Culottes, Social Views

  • Paul H. Beik
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


The Section des Sans-Culottes was the forty-seventh of the forty-eight sections. It was located south of the Seine (and thus on the Left Bank), opposite the Ile-Saint-Louis, in the eastern part of what is today the 5th arrondissement. Of their petition, Liberté, égalité ou la mort. Section des Sans-Culottes. Adresse à la Convention nationale a product of the deliberations of the section on September 2, 1793, Albert Soboul has written: “At no other moment in the revolution does one find so con-cise and gtriking a formulation of the popular social ideal…”1 The document was printed but Soboul concludes that it was apparently not presented to the Convention, perhaps out of caution because of its views on the property.2 The translation is from the copy in the Bibliothèque Nationale, with no deletions.


Consumer Good Public Office Skilled Worker General Assembly French Revolution 


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