Yeah, state civil war fics, but also: state post civil war fics
The Northerners’ eight year stint living in the South, making promises they wouldn’t keep, all their interactions tense and strained. Black people got emancipation and freedom like never before, voting and holding office as high up as the Senate– because the North was enforcing freedom at gunpoint, and the second they left, it was like nothing ever changed
People finally addressing Kansas’s situation. Taking care of seven, eight newborn territories all at once, most of whom had been created just to swing votes. Nevada and West Virginia had already had their statehood rushed through far too fast.
Tennessee being spurned by the North for fighting on the wrong side, and spurned by the South for being a Union sympathizer. Mississippi struggling more and more to keep their head above water, and still insisting things were fine. Virginia and Georgia on the brink of death and healing at a snail’s pace, Georgia especially. Virginia had been a leader to all the states since the day they were born, but now they were just stuck, unable to move on from the war. It’d be hundreds of years later and they still won’t have moved on from the war. And then South Carolina, the one who started it all, saying they gave up too easily