Emotions play a large role in the daily lives of humans around the world, they control how we feel and act toward other people. The French Revolution of 1848 demonstrates how powerful emotions can be in determining the outcome of important events in history. The artifacts presented on this page will assist in depicting how emotion was a crucial mode of expression in the lives of the French populace. Generally, readers will see how anger and rage towards another political party or group of people were prominent in the propaganda of the time. The central idea of these ephemeral objects was meant to unite France’s populace together through the passion of the author. The emotion presented triggered inspiration or spite that was capable of creating crowds of supporters for the beliefs and ideals of the author.



“The Corruption” is a piece that focalizes on how the monarchy has allowed itself to become corrupted. The author of the piece, which is unknown, questions the legitimacy of those involved with the government and how they have become the Republicans they had imprisoned. The author states how disgusted he is with the monarchy and its attempts to slander, provoke, and murder him and his movement. Through this, one can see how the author is trying to rial up the populace through emotional betrayal. He villainizes the government to unite the people behind his beliefs and motives.



Just as the title states, “The Great Anger” by C. Vermasse looks at how the events of the time have fueled the author with anger and rage. Specifically, Vermasse believes that the government in power is violating the people to the extent that their rights are being compromised. Looking at this, one can see how there was a constitution in place, but the individuals ruling over the government at the time did not reflect its nature. This goes to show how these revolutionary groups came to be. Through Vermasse’s emotional piece, one can see that he was trying to insight anger into the populace. He wished the populace to see the government through his eyes, hoping they develop his mentality.

Proprietaires Et Locataires


This pamphlet article argues for solidarity between landlords and tenants. The author observes in horror, “Et ce sont des frères, qui ouvriront ainsi à d’autres frères la porte d’un affreux trépas !!!” – and they are brothers who thus open to their brothers the door to a terrible death! Landlords should be sensitive to the needs and miseries of the less fortunate, and side together during the revolution.

Les Pretendants


This is the first half of a pamphlet article considering potential representatives of the people. The author declares "C'est un singulier peuple que le peuple de France" - the people of France are a singular people who should never exploit one another. The author explains historical moments in which French citizens united to effect change, in order to convince readers of the power they hold when they organize together with likeminded people.

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