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Polish Constitution Day – May 3rd

Ustawa Rządowa – Government Act

Konstytucja 3 Maja or The Constitution of 3 May, 1791 took 32 months to draft a final version.  This historic document was created to redress the “Nobles Democracy” a system that gave too many rights for nobility and corrupted the politics of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.  In short it sought political equality between the townspeople and nobility.

 

Konstytucja 3 Maja or The Constitutuion of 3 May, 1791

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Jan Matejko [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Ustawa Rządowa – Government Act – 1st Page

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By Ignacy Potocki (1750–1809), Hugo Kołłątaj (1750–1812), Stanisław August Poniatowski (1732–1798) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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