After the War of 1812, the Republicans gradually adopted many of the economic policies of Alexander Hamilton and the fading Federalists.  Why did the Republicans adopt them when they had previously...

After the War of 1812, the Republicans gradually adopted many of the economic policies of Alexander Hamilton and the fading Federalists.  Why did the Republicans adopt them when they had previously opposed them?

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I'm not so sure that the Republicans "accepted" Hamilton's policies as they simply did not reverse them as they proved both practical and important. At no time did they concede that Hamilton's ideas may have been correct all along; they simply left them in place as an exercise of the better part of valor.

The Bank of the United States, which Hamilton had championed and Jefferson and Madison opposed, was left in place primarily for pragmatic rather than ideological reasons. Madison as President wrote that the issue of the bank's validity had been decided

by repeated recognitions...of the validity of such an institution in acts of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the Government, accompanied by...a concurrence of the general will of the nation.

Jefferson's approach was even more pragmatic. His victory in the election of 1800 had been uncomfortably close. Rather than see the nation further divided along sectional lines, he left many Federalist programs, including...

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