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[[File:VDC_book_cover.jpg|thumbnail|250px|The Fate of the Revolution: Virginians Debate the Constitution]]Starting in 1787, states began to ratify the newly drafted federal Constitution in order to determine the fate of the American Republic. In order for the Constitution to go in effect, nine of the states needed to agree to the document. While five states quickly ratified the Constitution between December 1787 and January 1788, the country turned towards Virginia. Virginia was the most populated and largest state and it was critical for the state to ratify the Constitution to legitimize the process. Lorri Glover's new book, The Fate of the Revolution: Virginians Debate the Constitution, explores the dramatic battle that took place during the Virginia Ratification Convention. Virginia's convention was notable because some of the most influential founding fathers had staked out positions on the Constitution in stark opposition to one another. As Patrick Henry, James Madison, George Mason and John Marshall publicly debated the merits of the new Constitution, the nation waited for a decision. Glover explores the constitutional questions that divided Virginia and shows how those questions are still relevant in understanding our founding document.
Lorri Glover is the John Francis Bannon Professor of History at Saint Louis University. She has written extensively about the early American Republic and the founding fathers. The Fate of the Revolution is her sixth book on the Early Republic. She has also written Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries (Yale University Press, 2014), The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways
, The Fate of America, with co-author with Daniel Blake Smith (Henry Holt Publishers, 2008), Southern Sons: Becoming Men in the New Nation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and finally All Our Relations: Blood Ties and Emotional Bonds Among the Early South Carolina Gentry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).
Here is our interview.