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The Directory

The Directory

After the Reign of Terror ended, the Jacobins lost their power in France. The National Convention continued to rule as the government, however, a new constitution was written, which once again denied the right to vote to those who could not afford to pay a vote tax. This constitution established the office of five directors, known as the Directory, who ruled France.

The Directory ruled from 1795 until 1799. During this time, they used the army to put down a number of disputes within France. Once again, the rich began to grow wealthier, while the poor had very little. The same old problems that had begun the revolution once again began to creep into France. The new government was also running out of money to pay their civil employees and to carry on the process of governing the nation.