The Outsiders. S. E. Hinton 1967. Conservative period Post-WWII Good economy Eisenhower “I Love Lucy” “Father Knows Best” “The Honeymooners” “Ozzy and Harriet” “Leave It to Beaver”. 1950s. American Politics.
S. E. Hinton
“I Love Lucy”
“Father Knows Best”
“Ozzy and Harriet”
“Leave It to Beaver”
The President, or JFK as he was often known, was extremely popular and charismatic.
He brought a lot of optimism to the American public in the early years of his term. He worked for Civil Rights and for the disadvantaged.
He was assassinated in 1963 during a Presidential parade.
America was a country in turmoil, dealing with the Civil Rights Movement as well as the beginnings of the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam War was met with great conflict at home. As the decade continued, many people became disillusioned with the actions of the government and protested their continued occupation of the then- Communist country.
The Civil Rights movement, which worked for equal rights for African-Americans gained strength throughout the 1950s and early 60s.
Martin Luther King Jr., a reverend from the American South, worked fervently for these rights. He advocated for non-violent protests and peaceful demonstrations.
JFK President 1960-1963: Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, NASA, assassinated
LBJ President 1963-1968: Civil Rights Act
MLK, Jr. & Malcolm X: civil rights movement
1969: Moon, Woodstock
Counter-culture, cultural revolution
Rock n’ roll
Free speech, Chicano rights, antiwar movement, sexual revolution
Working class poor
T-shirts and jeans
No car, T-Bird
Long, greased hair
During the time period of the novel, Soc “types” would wear madras shirts and khakis. You can see an example of typical clothing below.
James Dean embodied the cultivated Greaser image. Leather jacket, jeans, white t-shirt and boots were typical of boys who emulated the free and uncontrolled lifestyle Dean seemed to live.
Hoodlums, hoods, juvenile delinquents, JDs
Smoke, weed-fiend, cancer stick
Heaters = guns
Fuzz = police
Watching movies at the drive-in theatre was a popular thing to do, especially for teenagers.
The car culture was a big part of society. You’ll notice that cars are often mentioned in the novel.
Ford Mustang, 1964-today (1964)
Chevrolet Corvair, 1960-1969 (1962)
Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, 1963-1967 (1964)
Ford Thunderbird, 1955-2005 (1960)
These restaurants were a typical place to take a date. They are also where gangs would hang out.
Happiness for the characters of The Outsiders was a girl, a car, some money, a strong group of friends, and probably an ice-cold bottle of soda.
How much has changed?
American Civil War and Reconstruction
Gallant Southern gentlemen and belles
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