Foreign Affairs and the Ratification of the Constitution in Virginia

January 2014
Virginia Magazine of History & Biography;2014, Vol. 122 Issue 1, p40
The article discusses the issue of the conduct of foreign policy by individual U.S. states in the debate concerning the ratification of the U.S. Constitution by Virginia during the late 18th century. The article examines the significance of Virginia's size and population in its foreign policy interests, the positions of antifederalist Virginians such as George Mason, Patrick Henry, and Richard Henry Lee, and the issue of navigation along the Mississippi River. It also examines federalist arguments for ratification of the Constitution led by Virginian James Madison.


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