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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Carlson, Marybeth (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Virginia (1)
8 (1988)

Note on sources,   pp. xl-xlvii


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I. DEBATE OVER CONSTITUTION
The Convention journal and debates are supplemented by the scat-
tered proceedings published in newspapers, and the drafts of speeches
and resolutions and the notes of various members of the Convention.
A last valuable source for the work of the Convention is the corre-
spondence of the delegates and observers.
Secondary Accounts
The major published accounts of Virginia during the Confederation
Period, including its ratification of the Constitution, are: Norman K.
Risjord, Chesapeake Politics, 1781-1800 (New York, 1978), and "Vir-
ginians and the Constitution: A Multivariant Analysis," William and
Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., XXXI (1974), 613-32; Risjord and Gordon
DenBoer, "The Evolution of Political Parties in Virginia, 1782-1800,"
Journal of American History, LX (1974), 961-84; Rhys Isaac, The Trans-
formation of Virginia, 1740-1790 (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1982); Jackson
Turner Main, "Sections and Politics in Virginia, 1781-1787," William
and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., XII (1955), 96-112; Alan Schaffer, "Vir-
ginia's 'Critical Period,' "in Darrett B. Rutman, ed., The Old Dominion:
Essays for Thomas Perkins Abernethy (Charlottesville, 1964); and Alan V.
Briceland, "Virginia: The Cement of the Union," in Patrick T. Conley
and John P. Kaminski, eds., The Constitution and the States: The Role of
the Original Thirteen in the Framing and Adoption of the Federal Consti-
tution (Madison, Wis., 1988). Three doctoral dissertations are filled
with useful information: Augustus Low, "Virginia in the Critical Pe-
riod, 1783-1789" (University of Iowa, 1941); Myra Lakoff Rich, "The
Experimental Years: Virginia, 1781-1789" (Yale University, 1966); and
Gordon Roy DenBoer, "The House of Delegates and the Evolution
of Political Parties in Virginia, 1782-1792" (University of Wisconsin,
1972). The only work to concentrate solely on the Virginia Convention
is Hugh Blair Grigsby, The History of the Virginia Federal Convention of
1788. . ., edited by R. A. Brock, Collections of the Virginia Historical
Society, new ser., vols. IX-X (Richmond, 1890-1891). The second
volume consists of biographies of the members of the Virginia Con-
vention. These biographies should be supplemented by those found in
Grigsby, The Virginia Convention of 1776 ... (Richmond, 1855).
There are many biographies of Virginia's major political figures.
Among the best are: Douglas Southall Freeman, Marcus Cunliffe, and
James Thomas Flexner on George Washington; Lance Banning, Irving
Brant, Ralph L. Ketchum, and Robert A. Rutland on James Madison;
Rutland, Kate Mason Rowland, and Helen Hill Miller on George Ma-
son; Robert Douthat Meade, Richard R. Beeman, and Henry Mayer
on Patrick Henry; Dumas Malone, Merrill D. Peterson, and Noble E.
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