Yes, what we face now began then. Two major structural failures extend back to foundations of the American Experiment, failure to establish full equal rights regardless of race or gender and the failure to contain religion as strictly an individual right. It’s traditionally argued that those were impossible to comprehend then but they were discussed. In fact they thought they had religion controlled but that control was attacked from the start and only weakly defended leading to its nearly complete destruction in the 1950s. Racism was rampant and allowed to return despite the civil war.
The rise of Reagan was the success for oligarchic and racist rule. Great wealth was the right to rule as the new aristocracy and that corrupted both official political parties. For forty years the only contested points were mild racism versus brutal racism.