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A Tale of Two Cities
SUBJECTS — World/France & England; Literature;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Redemption; Alcohol Abuse;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring.
1958 Version: Age: 12+; Drama; 1958; 117 minutes; B & W.
1989 Version (TV Miniseries): Age: 12+; Drama; Color.
International intrigue, late night stage coach rides, secret Channel Crossings, daring jail escapes, unrequited love, the Terror of the French Revolution, spies and counterspies . . . they all keep us on the edge of our seats in Dickens' classic story of France and England at the time of the French Revolution.
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A Tale of Two Cities is a classic tale of the French Revolution told from the English side of the Channel.
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The absolute monarchy in France, serfdom, special privileges for the nobility, compulsory church tithes, special privileges for the clergy, imprisonment for debt and primogeniture in the inheritance of land were abolished by the French Revolution. Instead, universal male suffrage, equal liability to taxation, separation of church and state, freedom of the press, religious freedom, the metric system, and equality of all people before the law became established principles of governance. In criminal cases, the French Revolution established the right of habeas corpus, the right to a jury trial, the presumption of innocence, the right to an attorney at trial, and the right to a fair trial. The massive estates of the nobility and the Catholic Church were broken up.
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