Research the Vendee Revolt of 1793 and its consequences. The French government did not finally admit to what had happened for nearly two centuries.
We are beginning to see the same spirit of the French Revolution here in our country today.
Then go to this article about Eastern Washington wanting to secede from the western part of the state and go down and read the comments. That is where it is telling. The liberals and coasties keep tickling the tail of the dragon.
For more edification, see Ann Barnhardt's interesting video series on the Vendee linked below.
Then at the bottom is the excellent BBC docudrama about Robespierre and the Committee For Public Safety.
Terror: Robespierre and the French Revolution