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Eleventh-grade BFI Students Make History

Students dressed in various costumes; some wearing white wigs and some wearing traditional colonial outfits.

Before winter break, students in 11th-grade BFI brought their history lessons to life as they reenacted the French Presidential Election of 1848. Dividing into groups to represent each of the six candidates, students created posters, campaign speeches and dressed in 19th-century “garbs” to sway the outcome of the election – which was the first and only of this time period to be based on popular vote. Congratulations to their new French Second Republic President, François-Vincent Raspail, who defeated Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte with his successful campaign in this election, if not in real life.