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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Cordeliers, Club Of The

Formally  Society of the Friends of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen , French  Club des Cordeliers , or  Société des Amis des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen  one of the popular clubs of the French Revolution, founded in 1790 to prevent the abuse of power and “infractions of the rights of man.” The club's popular name was derived from its original meeting place in Paris, the nationalized monastery of the Cordeliers (Franciscans). It became a political force under the leadership of such men as Jean-Paul Marat and Georges Danton. After

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