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[[File:VDC_book_cover.jpg|thumbnail|250px|<i>[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1421420023/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1421420023&linkCode=as2&tag=dailyh0c-20&linkId=d6710f6b36848b60f7234b3e64170d55 The Fate of the Revolution: Virginians Debate the Constitution]</i>]]
Starting in 1787, states began to ratify the newly drafted federal Constitution which would determine the fate of the new 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's eyes stayed on Virginia. Virginia was the most populated and largest state and it was critical for the state to ratify the Constitution to legitimize the process.