Kyle S. Sinisi
The literature on state and local politics is vast, although no single-volume synthesis exists. Historians have written numerous works on a variety of subtopics, including parties, dissent, elections, and ethnocultural voting. Most of the literature describes a politics consumed by national war-related matters.
There are numerous comprehensive treatments of politics in the individual states. For some states, good examinations can be found in histories that also cover military, social, and economic topics. Valuable examples are Arthur C. Cole's The Era of the Civil War, 1848-1870 ( 1919), Richard N. Current The History of Wisconsin: The Civil War Era, 1848-1873 ( 1976), E. Merton Coulter's The Civil War and Readjustment in Kentucky ( 1926), William E. Parrish Turbulent Partnership: Missouri and the Union, 1861-1865 ( 1963), and Eugene H. Roseboom's look at Ohio in The Civil War Era, 1850-1873 ( 1944).
A number of other histories focus exclusively on wartime politics. Many emphasize the traditional forms of political historiography, primarily conventions and elections. Others focus on the impact of war-related issues, such as emancipation and the draft, at the state level. These works remain very useful for providing the contours of an individual state's wartime political history.
Among the New England states, Jarlath R. Lane A Political History of Connecticut during the Civil War ( 1941) and Edith E. Ware Political Opinion in Massachusetts during the Civil War and Reconstruction ( 1916) stand out. Farther south, detailed description of party and factional politics exists in several