Paired Texts > The Reign of Terror
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In "Napoleon Bonaparte: Revolutionary or Tyrant?" the passage recounts the life and legacy of the infamous French dictator and emperor.Pair “Napoleon Bonaparte” with “The Reign of Terror” to provide students with information about the leader of France following the Revolution. Ask students to discuss how Bonaparte’s leadership of France compares to the leaders discussed in “The Reign of Terror.” Do students think that Bonaparte’s impact on France was more positive or negative? Why?
In "Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters," Mike Kubic explores Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo's rule from 1930 to 1961, before the oppressed people of his nation would no longer stand for his regime.Pair “Trujillo & the Mirabal Sisters” with “The Reign of Terror” and ask students to compare the corrupt leaders discussed in the two texts. How did Rafael Trujillo and Maximilien Robespierre use violence and fear to control people? How was Trujillo’s rule brought to an end? How does this compare to the end of Robespierre’s influence?
In this poem by Miroslav Holub, students share how little they know about the famous French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte.Pair “The Reign of Terror” with “Napoleon” and ask students to share what they have learned about this period of French history. What was the Reign of Terror? What was going on in France at this time? How might this time period have influenced public opinion of Napoleon and his leadership in France? Given this history, is it realistic that the students in the poem may not have heard of Napoleon? Explain.