From Reconstruction to Jim Crow to the Civil Rights era to the present, Americans have fought over the great issues at the heart of the conflict.
Source: Appomattox and the Ongoing Civil War – The Atlantic
From comments: “The past is NOT as far away as people like to think.”
I think this is far more true than most people realize. The history professor really was not kidding when he said his class could be as useful as those from other professors, and not just if you want to be a history professor yourself.