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The Day of 21 July 1789

Drawing of the city of Strasbourg


More common than clashes by workers against employers were protests over the rising price of bread. This color drawing depicts events at the City Hall of Strasbourg on 21 July 1789. Notice that the protesters are tearing up the roof and throwing the tiles down into the street to ward off soldiers; similarly, protesters in other buildings are pitching objects out of windows.


Title in French
La Journée du 21 juillet 1789 : escalade et pillage de la maison de ville de Strasbourg


Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE FOL-QB-201 (119)

Collection Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 119, Pièces 10386-10489, période : 1789

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"The Day of 21 July 1789," in World History Commons, [accessed August 12, 2022]