Analysis of the ’60s Rambler


When I took out the first yellowed Rambler from the ‘60s, I was beyond excited. No other decade in American history is so famous for youth movements around social justice, equality, and peace. Just as I had hoped, in the ’60s-era Rambler you’ll find students grappling with thorny subjects like the Vietnam War, civil rights, and their own class privilege. Surprisingly few articles mention the counterculture, although several from the ‘70s did (see “Books!” and “Can a pyramid be powerful?”). 

In a short article from 1964, “From the Principal’s Desk: That Was The Year That Was,” the Bush principal expresses skepticism that the student body is socially conscious: “Social revolutions; the assassination of our president; a major earthquake in our newest state; the war on poverty…have any of these events of the 1963-64 school year touched us deeply or personally?” Nonetheless, as you’ll see below, at least some of The Rambler’s writers were passionate about social and political issues, and their work provides a frontline view of the sixties’ multiple revolutions. 

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