French Revolution of 1848 and the Second Republic: Topics in Chronicling America
From 1848 to 1852, early American newspapers reported drastic changes in France. This guide provides access to material related to "French Revolution of 1848 and the Second Republic" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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The French Revolution of 1848, already the fourth revolution in France in only 60 years, sees a violent resurgence of French pride as the "People" fight for their rights. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
King Louis Phillipe abdicates. Barricades in Paris; marches, protests and violence. Second Republic declared. Nobility stripped of titles.
June Days Uprising:
Paris in a state of siege. Parisians rebel against the new government's conservatism and fight the national guards. New barricades built. Rebellion crushed.
November 1, 1848
Second Republic adopts new Constitution.
December 10, 1848
Louis Napoleon elected President of France.
December 2, 1852
Louis Napoleon declares himself Emperor Napoleon III of France. Second Empire begins.