Digital Project Archive

Rules for inclusion: Any Media, News, Popular Culture interviews, images, songs, advertisements and events that occurred between 1980-1991 that related directly or indirectly to the War on Drugs or the “Just Say No” campaign promoted by Nancy or Ronald Reagan.

Rules for exclusion: Any Media, News, Popular Culture interviews, images, songs, advertisements and events that pre dated the 1980s when Nancy and Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs or the “Just Say No” campaign was highly publicized.

Purposeful Face of the Enemy in the War on Drugs in the Mass Media

Time Magazine: May 13th, 1991. Vol. 137 No. 19
TV Guide Cover: March 29th, 1983
Department of Education Poster: U.S. G.P.O., 1989
Ebony Magazine: August 1989
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Nancy Reagan attending a "Just Say No" rally with children at Kaiser Arena in Oakland, Calif., Nov. 26, 1985.
Nancy Reagan at a "Just Say No" rally at the White House on May 22, 1986. THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

Nancy Reagan at a November 1985 “Just Say No” rally in Oakland, California, found on Rolling Stone.com

Nancy Reagan at attending a “Just Say No” rally in Oakland California, Nov. 26, 1985, found on NBC News website

Nancy Reagan at a “Just Say No” rally at the White House on May 22, 1986, found on SPCR.org

Nancy Reagan’s Recruitment of Popular African American’s to Support the War on Drugs

Nancy Reagan sitting on Mr. T’s lap when previewing White House’s Christmas decorations on December 12th, 1983, Image: Mr.T’s personal Twitter account

1988 Flintstone Kids’ “Just Say No” Special, found on youtube.

LA Lakers filmed a ‘Just Say No’ Campaign video in 1987 supporting The War on Drugs, found on youtube.

La Toya Jackson single “Just Say No!” released in 1988 found on youtube.

Opposing Opinions from Popular African Americans who were not recruited by Reagan

Rap Group N.W.A “Gansta Gansta” released in 1988, found on youtube/AZ lyrics

Rap Group N.W.A “Dopeman” released in 1987, found on youtube/AZ lyrics

Rap Group N.W.A “Fuck The Police” released in 1988, found on youtube/AZ Lyrics

Formal Public Service Announcements Warning about the Crack Epidemic

CNN 1986 Public Address by Nancy Reagan, found on youtube.

“Just Say No” Campaign PSA 1980s: Clint Eastwood and Nancy Reagan, found on youtube.

“Just Say No” Campaign PSA 1980s: Pee Wee Herman, found on youtube.

“Just Say No” Campaign PSA 1980s: Ally Sheedy, found on youtube.

Avoiding Confirmation Bias

To avoid only looking at sources that confirm what I already knew about I researched primary sources from a variety of sources that all have different perspectives. Throughout my research I looked for media, news, popular culture events that both were created in support and in opposition to the War on Drugs. The reason I used both supporting and opposing sources was because sources are shaped by the producers of it, so having both sides to help support my overall research questions provides even stronger support for my findings.