Video Project Script
Teacher: People often speculate whether women had an influential role in politics prior to the nineteenth amendment.
Farmer: The answer is yes. While women may not have been able to directly impact the election at the time. They were certainly able to impact the decisions of their spouses.
Housewife: Women certainly hold the power of influence over men within a household.
Jim: I certainly wouldn’t want my wife unhappy with my voting preference.
Housewife: Very funny Jim, but in reality women impact public opinion in a number of ways, however lets get back to politics.
James Monroe: Good Evening, James Monroe here for the Democratic-Republican party. I’d like to take a minute of your time and discuss the female role in my upcoming election versus Rufus King.
James Monroe (Cont.): As a member of the Democratic-Republican party I fully believe that women deserve to have their opinions heard in regards to political partisanship.
James Monroe (Cont.): However, my opponent Rufus King, a federalist believes that the power to vote should remain with proprietary males, an ideal that I see as closed minded and ignorant.
James Monroe (Cont.): The Federalists see female involvement in the election as irrelevant; and my party’s appeal to female involvement even more so. But I strongly believe that the influence of women will prove to be the deciding factor in this election.
James Monroe (Cont.): Ultimately, accepting the entire household’s opinion rather than just the patriarch’s helps to strengthen both our nation and the very ideals of democracy.
James Monroe (Cont.): With both male and female support I believe the Democratic-Republican party will prove to be the victor in the upcoming election. Thank you for your time.
Narrator - Long before he was a delegate to the Congress of the Confederation, long before he made vast improvements as a United States Senator and as the Secretary of War, and yes, long before James Monroe helped shape the Democratic-Republican party, he wasn't afraid to fight for what he believed in.
James Monroe - In 1775, I put my education at William and Mary on hold to join the third Virginia Regiment in the Continental Army. Within a short amount of time, I became an officer. I fought among some of the greatest war heroes of this great nation. I nearly gave my life for this land in battle, but by God's providence I survived, just like our nation. Who do you want serving you? A man that sacrificed everything to get us to where we are today or a career politician? Rufus King doesn't care about your rights. He doesn't care about women's education.
Narrator - Women, Rufus King and the rest of his Federalist cohorts believe that you have no place in politics. He wants to suppress the views of some of our nation's brightest minds just because of their gender. Do you want that? James Monroe certainly doesn't (Zagarri 83).
Monroe - I have two girls. As a responsible and caring father, I believe they deserve an education just as my son. Women shouldn't be excluded from the political realm just because of their gender. Our great nation needs thought leaders and limiting our selection pool to just men, as I see it, is simply negligent. I will fight for your rights. This is my America, this is your America.
Narrator - Who do you want serving you? -- Someone willing to fight for this country and your place in politics or a man that says you have no place? Vote America, vote Monroe.
Monroe - I'm James Monroe, and I approve this message.
Narrator - Paid for by the Office to elect James Monroe as President, 1816.
James Monroe: My name is James Monroe a Democratic Republican candidate for the election of 1816.
James Monroe: A much debated topic among myself and my opponent in this election is the topic of women's participation in party politics.
James Monroe: Speaking for myself and the party I represent I firmly encourage women to participate in party politics
James Monroe: When we speak to households we speak not too just the men but also the women of the house who should have an opinion to be heard in regard to party actions.
James Monroe: My opponents, the Federalists however wish to say that women are not suited to be involved in party politics.
James Monroe: They think that the Democratic Republicans appeal to women more than they do and they need to gain support back (Zagarri,p.78).
James Monroe: They say you are not suited for politics because they know that you have influence in the decisions that your husbands or men of your family make.
James Monroe: They believe that by calling you ill-suited for politics and that men should disregard your opinions on the matter, that my party will lose votes.
James Monroe: As a Democratic Republican I believe that what the Federalist’s are doing is wrong and that women should have influence in political matters.
James Monroe: Everyone should have an opinion on party matters that affect them as well as the households they live in.
James Monroe: Free thinking individuals such as yourselves should have opinions and arguments and be heard by others and come to a decision based on what you and your family believe is right.
James Monroe: No one man should be making decisions for the many without even asking the people he represents opinions, which is why we have a democracy not a dictatorship.
James Monroe: I believe that men and women alike should work together in making decisions for the better when it comes to this country that we all live in.
James Monroe: Forget what the Federalists tell you because we need every individual make to arguments so we can solve problems for the future
James Monroe: This is why you should side with the Democratic Republicans and vote for us so we can paint a brighter future for this country.
James Monroe: Thank you for your time
Good day to you all, my name is James T. Sockpuppet, and I want to be your next president in the upcoming election of 1816, and I’m running on the Democratic-Republican ticket. It’s clear to me and to several others in this great nation of ours that things need to change. It’s the 1800’s and its about time we act like it. Not long ago we won our independence from the British Empire, yet not everybody in this country can exercise that independence, namely, the fairer sex among us. Our women have sat in the shadows for far too long without any way to get involved in the way our country is run, and lets not forget, our country is their country also. Our choices have always impacted them just as much as them, so why silence their voices from the political theater? Aside from not making any sense to me, it also seems like an outdated way of thinking that needs to change from our politics. If elected I intend to change that, letting women have an equal voice in politics will be the first matter of business I intend to change. By allowing women to vote in elections, our country will be able to have a more diverse voice in politics, but allowing them to vote isn’t the only thing that women should have a right to, being able to have an active role in politics will also be something to change. In the history of other great nations, women have been able to play an equal part of multiple fields such as art, literature, education and yes, even politics, so why is that not the case here in America? Where we claim to be a “free” nation? Its time to start thinking forward and not just sticking to what we know because it’s a comfortable way of thinking. Vote James T. Sockpuppet this Election Day. Thank you.
Brittany Scott, Aspen Brewer, Victor Dunning
HY 103-004 Video Project
26 February 2015
News Anchor: Hello, we are reporting live from downtown at a presidential debate. In New York and addressed to the patriot ladies of our Metrolpolis, one author stressed women contributions.
What effects have women done to better your party and what will you do for women in their efforts?
James Monroe: As Soloman Aiken recalled during the revolution, "It was the fire of female patriotism that enabled us men to go off and win the war." My Republican women have made shirts, collected money, and been there for us. Women deserve better and more substantial opportunities than once before.
News Anchor: Ok, Rufus King?
Rufus King: My fellow federalist women, I appreciate all of the efforts of opposing the war of 1812, and we believe in you. We're glad that you took up many responsibilities that you couldn't before, but now we're here for change. Vote Rufus King.
News Anchor: Ok, Rufus King you did not answer the second part of the question. What will you do for your women and their efforts?
Rufus King: I think the way we need to go here is to talk about revolutionary motherhood. I believe that women should have education, and should stand behind their husband and promote their children to be better members of society. Judith Murray who wrote equality of the sexes, also agrees.
*Closing Music, Fox 7 anthem.*
News Anchor: Ok you guys, you have heard it first. Thank you. Goodbye.
Rufus King-played as Victor Dunning
News Anchor-played as Aspen Brewer
James Monroe-played as Brittany Scott
Vote James Monroe
Hi I am James Monroe, and I am running for President in this year’s election. I have everything it takes to make the next president. I was a lawyer so I have the experience. I was member of the Virginia legislature and a delegate to the Continental Congress. I was a member of the US congress and then the Governor of Virginia. I have also worked under several presidents including Thomas Jefferson and James Madison where I was the secretary of state and secretary of war. I have also fought for this country and have been to war. I am dedicated, driven man.
Pg 125 As s supporters of James Monroe, you should know that women have more power than you think. Women “ have a demonstrable impact on what people say, think and do. We affect the spirit or public discourse and tenor social relations. We instill moral values and inspire virtuous behavior in our husband and children.
Even though we may pay for the price.. We need to support our husbands
We must act like good republican wives and mothers
Daniel Bryan : it is the power of the well educated and refined mother to inspire the infant son with noble and expanded sentiments to implant in his mind correct views of our government
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I know I can make a difference as President. I have great ideas for foreign affairs. I want create a doctrine. I am also looking into buying land from Spain. Vote for me because we both know I can do the job.
I have been wounded in war, and I am commended for my bravery. I left the army with the rank of major.
I am friends with President Madison, and I have a compromise in mind to implement. I am full of ideas and I am waiting to show you.
So vote for me James Monroe
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ATTENTION: ALL AMERICAN WOMEN
This is a message from the Federalist Party:
Women… We need your help and support for the election of 1816.
Why you say?
You have never been allowed to exercise your God given constitutional rights as human beings to be able to vote or participate in political events. You have been overlooked for too long and it is time to take a stand and let YOUR voice be heard! The decisions that men make also affect your wellbeing, so why not speak your own opinions? The Federalist Party needs your votes and support throughout the election, whether it is getting involved in a campaign rally, creating banners, signs, or convincing your husbands or other women to vote for the Federalist Party, we need your support. If you are interested in getting involved, you are invited to attend any of our upcoming Federalist functions (Zagarii 84). Wearing golden eagles or black cockades on your dresses or hats is a great way to show support while representing the party (Zagarii 85-86). If we win this election, the Federalist Party will do everything in its authority to give women the empowerment they rightfully deserve. Do not let the Democratic-Republican party candidates fool you; they are focused on their on personal gains not on gaining women’s rights (Zagarii 94). As soon as they are elected, they will not worry about women’s rights; they are using the strategy to receive more votes. Do not let the Democratic-Republicans use you to advance their own cause (Zagarii 103). Also, do not let them portray you as masculine females or helpless victims (Zagarii 109). The Democratic-Republican party are not sympathetic towards women involvement towards politics (Zagarii 158).
So, it is time to exercise your rights as humans and be apart of making history and casting your vote for the Federalist Party of United States Presidential Election of 1816.
25 February 2015
Rufus King: The election is coming! The election is coming! I ask all of the white men, landholding elite, to give me your vote this upcoming November.
Woman: What about me? Can I vote for you, Mr. King?
Rufus: Well that is nice of you but women are simply inferior to men. They cannot vote because they don't have the ability to reason like men. They are too emotional.
Woman: But I've met all the qualifications. I own land and I pay taxes (Zagarri 29). Why can't I vote for you?
Rufus: Women simply cannot understand the world of politics. There is no way in which a women would know what is best for The United States.
Woman: My husband does not know much about this. He is just going to vote because everyone else is. How come he can vote? He knows nothing about either candidate. I've done my research and I know better. Can I vote for you?
Rufus: Oh your husband holds land? He knows what's best. He's made something of himself and he knows what the right choice for The United States. His logic is superior to women and he can and will vote for what he feels is best. We can trust that more than anything.
Woman: If I can't vote for you, what can I do?
Rufus: Women should stay at home- cook, clean, and raise the kids. They have no business in the business or the political world. Women are too heart felt. They should follow in their husbands and fathers views. They know better (Zagarri 89).The political world cannot afford this- this lack of knowledge. Women should just stay out of politics and stay in the house and look after their husband and children.
(James Monroe enters)
James Monroe: Hello Miss, I couldn't help but to overhear what you were talking about.
Women: I am very passionate about this election. Can I vote for you?
Monroe: Your suffrage is out of my power. But talk to your husband, father, and brothers. Share your ideas and discuss politics. Dress your party- wear symbols and colors. Go to political meetings. Be the mediator between men. While your voice cannot be heard directly through voting, it can be heard indirectly (Zagarri 115,116).
Rufus: Are you crazy? How can you support a women in Politics.
Monroe: Every voice matters to me and my future presidency.
Women: Thank you Mr. Monroe! I will be sure to talk to them soon!
(Black man enters)
Black man: Can I vote? I've been-(cut off)
Everyone else: NO!