Class Notes

For years now I have been saying that we have seen worse times in our nation’s history and we are not as divided now as we have been in the past.  I always say that we are not yet to 1860 and not even to 1968.  As I think about this now, I finally believe we have surpassed 1968.  What happened at the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968 has been surpassed by what is happening in cities across the nation.  What is so scary is that the only historical comparison left to reach is in 1860 when 700,000 Americans lost their lives.  Maybe it’s the wrong time to tear down monuments of the Civil War.  Instead, maybe we need to teach it even more.  Maybe as we get closer to a second Civil War, we should be reminded of the consequences of the first.

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