Introduction to the Archives

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The idea for this project dates back to my freshman year, when the Rambler elective spent a session digging through three boxes of the paper’s history. While reading through past issues, I found myself awestruck by the thought and care apparent in the efforts of generations of Bush students who contributed to The Rambler. Every sheet of paper and 1930’s typewriter smudge seemed precious.

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Analysis of the ’00s Rambler

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The 2000’s were haunted by 9/11 and its aftermath. In this decade, The Rambler gave us snapshots into students’ 9/11 experiences (“Forum Page (9/11)”), their condemnation of the Iraq War (“Comments on the State of the Union”), and their worries about security theater (“New airport security technology under heavy review”). Based on the paper’s coverage, students were tired of George W. Bush’s hypocrisy and war-mongering, and they gravitated to Barack Obama’s message of hope in the 2008 presidential race. The school’s enthusiasm for Obama’s candidacy shines through The Rambler’s coverage, which takes us on the journey from a hard-fought campaign to a tearful inauguration day.

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