Interesting. At my junior high (the illustrious Moss Junior High School), US history paid a bit of attention to strategic issues in the Mexican-American War, a bit of attention to tactical issues in the Vietnam War (one of our history teachers was a Vietnam vet), and a TON of attention to strategic problems in the Civil War. At my high school (the illustrious Oregon City High School, home of OCHS Pioneers Girl’s Basketball [winner of eleven state championships since 1992], currently located on the former grounds of the illustrious Moss Junior High School), US History paid a TON of attention to strategic problems in the Civil War, and no attention whatsoever to any other war. I would like to think that we got to World War I, but I’m really not certain. This was particular problematic, because our US History course actually began with the Civil War.
In retrospect, I’m forced to wonder why a high school in Oregon paid so much attention to the Civil War.