Much of the nation's early political energy, Ellis explains, came out of the conflict between the revolutionary idealists, like Jefferson and Madison, who argued for the sovereignty of individual states and represented the southern "planter culture," and the pragmatiste, led by Alexander Hamilton, who wanted a strong central government, a national bank and the authority to override decisions by individual states.
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