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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.

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The outsiders

The Outsiders

S. E. Hinton



Conservative period


Good economy


“I Love Lucy”

“Father Knows Best”

“The Honeymooners”

“Ozzy and Harriet”

“Leave It to Beaver”


American politics
American Politics

  • The president of the United States during the early 1960s was John F. Kennedy, Jr.

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

Beat poets

Rock n’ roll

Rebel cinema

Hippies, psychedelic

Free speech, Chicano rights, antiwar movement, sexual revolution


S e hinton
S. E. Hinton NASA, assassinated

  • Oklahoma

  • 1948-today

  • 16 years old when wrote The Outsiders

  • Father died of cancer early

  • Friend was beaten up in school fight

  • Two cliques at school, Greasers and Socs

General setting
General Setting NASA, assassinated

  • The Outsiders presumably takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where S. E. Hinton grew up.

  • We mostly see the East-side of the city, from the perspective of the Greasers.

Greasers v socials socs

GREASERS NASA, assassinated

Working class poor

East side

Community menace


T-shirts and jeans

No car, T-Bird

Long, greased hair



West side

Community trust


Madras shirts/jackets


Semi-Beatles haircuts

Greasers v. Socials (Socs)

Fashion NASA, assassinated

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.

Madras Shirt


Hair Grease

Greasers NASA, assassinated


Hoodlums, hoods, juvenile delinquents, JDs NASA, assassinated

Smoke, weed-fiend, cancer stick

Heaters = guns

Fuzz = police


Grease american graffiti happy days
Grease, American Graffiti, NASA, assassinated“Happy Days”




The outsiders
Socs NASA, assassinated

The outsiders
Socs NASA, assassinated

Madras clothing
Madras Clothing NASA, assassinated

  • Lightweight cotton fabric with patterned texture, ideal for summer

  • Popular in 1960s

Drive ins
Drive-Ins NASA, assassinated

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.

The outsiders
Cars NASA, assassinated

Ford Mustang, 1964-today (1964)

Chevrolet Corvair, 1960-1969 (1962)



Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, 1963-1967 (1964)

Ford Thunderbird, 1955-2005 (1960)

Cherry Valance

Buck Merril

Paul newman
Paul Newman NASA, assassinated

  • Actor, rebel, handsome

  • The Hustler (1961)

  • Hud (1963)

Drive in restaurants
Drive-In Restaurants NASA, assassinated

These restaurants were a typical place to take a date. They are also where gangs would hang out.

1960s consumer products
1960s Consumer Products NASA, assassinated

The american dream
The American Dream NASA, assassinated

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?

Literary allusion gone with the wind

Margaret Mitchell NASA, assassinated

1936 book

1939 film


American Civil War and Reconstruction

Gallant Southern gentlemen and belles

Literary Allusion:Gone With the Wind

Literary allusion great expectations

Charles Dickens NASA, assassinated


British classic story of Pip, an orphan, who grows from a youth to adulthood

Literary Allusion:Great Expectations

Literary allusion robert frost
Literary Allusion: NASA, assassinatedRobert Frost

  • Poet

  • 1874-1963

  • Rural New England

  • “The Road Not Taken”

  • “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

  • “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

Nothing gold can stay
“Nothing Gold Can Stay” NASA, assassinated

  • Nature's first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf's a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay.