Andrew Jackson vs. Harriet Tubman

Dattu Kalluri '18, Contributor

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On April 20, the Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, announced that Andrew Jackson would be demoted to the back of the twenty dollar bill in favor of Harriet Tubman. Ironically, Andrew Jackson was a former slave owner while Harriet Tubman was a former slave. This remodeling of the twenty dollar bill is the largest change to American currency in over a century.
Jack Lew seems to have rescinded his claim that he proposed, which involved removing Alexander Hamilton from the ten dollar bill for a woman. The change to the twenty dollar bill is part of a bigger plan to place women and civil rights leaders on American currency.
Harriet Tubman will be the first woman on paper currency since Martha Washington briefly appeared on the silver one dollar certificate. Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton will still appear on the $5 and $10 bill, respectively. However, women will be placed on the backs of both of these bills. On the back of the ten dollar bill, the treasury building will still be depicted along with the portraits of five women’s suffrage leaders: Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Paul. On the back of the five dollar bill, there will be pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, and Marian Anderson. The final designs of the new currency will be unveiled in 2020. While these changes may seem sudden, the changes are the results of many activist groups calling for more diversity on the currency as well as Mr. Lew’s enthusiasm to move the process along quickly.
I think that Harriet Tubman will be a great addition to the currency of the United States. The faces of the currency primarily consist of white men. Some of these faces are slave owners. Andrew Jackson is notorious for his relocation of Native Americans. He dissolved the national bank and was unpopular with many people. On the contrary, Harriet Tubman freed hundreds of slaves in the dark of the night. She served as a spy for the Union army during the American Civil War, and she is a symbol for unity and bravery. U.S. currency is the world’s foremost reserve currency. The banks of almost every single nation on earth have some money in American dollars. There are almost nine billion twenty dollar bills in circulation today. Putting Tubman on the twenty dollar bill will be a good way of letting the world know of American ideals and what we stand for.

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Andrew Jackson vs. Harriet Tubman