"The Forgotten Leader of the French Revolution: The Life and Legacy of Georges Danton," was recently published in The Concord Review.
WFS Junior Austin Sarker-Young’s paper, "The Forgotten Leader of the French Revolution: The Life and Legacy of Georges Danton," was recently published in The Concord Review, which publishes the exemplary history essays by high school students in the English-speaking world. With the fall issue, 1,383 research papers have been published from authors in 46 U.S. states and 42 other countries.
Says Austin, "I chose to write about Georges Danton in part because I was inspired by the last monologue given by Danton (played by Klaus Maria Brandauer) in "The French Revolution: Years of Rage." Both in this monologue and much more so in real life, Danton offers a very human face to the French Revolution in sharp contrast to the popular image of a crazed mob, a bloody guillotine, or a dictatorial Maximilien Robespierre. Looking back, I realize that I could just as well have written the opposite paper: one portraying Maximilien Robespierre (vilified though he often is) as a tragically flawed utopian dreamer, and in that sense, perhaps even more human than Danton."