[Surfnetkids: 14 Jul 2010] Bastille Day

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#1. July 14, 2010

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Ever since we returned from our family graduation celebration trip to Costa Rica, I’ve been meaning to sit down and write about a few of our adventures. And even though we’ve been home thirteen days, it still hasn’t happened. The short story is that we had a wonderful time and created quite a few unforgettable memories. And this week (as soon as the server move is finished **whew**) I will jot down some of my thoughts.

Hope your summer is progressing nicely.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

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#3. Bastille Day

by Barbara J. Feldman

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Celebrated as a national French holiday, Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison on July 14, 1789 by an angry Parisian mob. It is frequently considered the start of the French Revolution, which eventually saw the overthrow of the monarchy, and the establishment of the French Republic.

Bastille Day
Dedicated entirely to explaining Bastille Day and the French Revolution, this site is divided into four sections: History, Biographies, Symbols, and Quizzes. History starts with the political and economic reasons for the Revolution, and continues through The Reign of Terror that occurred at the end of the Revolution. Of course, it includes the story of the Storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789. Biographies covers ten personalities whose lives are intertwined with the Revolution, including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and Maximilian de Robespiere.

Discover France: Place de la Bastille
“The French national holiday, celebrated annually on July 14, is officially called the Fête Nationale, and commemorates the Fête de la Fédération – but it is commonly known in English as Bastille Day.” Although primarily a travel site, Discover France also covers culture, history and language. The seven-page section about the Bastille includes its early history as a fortress during the Hundred Years’ War (it was built between 1370 and 1383) and the story of one famous but anonymous prisoner known as The Man in the Iron Mask. The Storming of the Bastille is covered in Parts 3 and 4.

Exploring the French Revolution: Paris and the Politics of Rebellion
Created in collaboration with George Mason University, City University of New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site for high school and college students, archives more than 600 primary documents, and unites them with a timeline, a glossary and maps. Here the storming of the Bastille is analyzed more deeply than at other sites. For example, it asks the question “[G]iven the sharply rising bread prices in Paris at the time, were the crowds that gathered on the 14th engaging in a more traditional form of protest, a large-scale ‘bread riot,’ that took on political significance only as events unfolded?”

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