Saturday, April 23, 2016

Harriet Tubman Will Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20, as Alexander Hamilton is Spared

Well, Alexander Hamilton's place on the $10 bill is secure. Yes, he will remain on one of the most prominent bank notes for the United States, which is fitting, considering he was so instrumental in setting up the nation's economy.

This bit of news came earlier this week, after long speculation that Hamilton would be replaced by Harrie Tubman.

She is still going to make it onto American currency, but just not the $10 bill. No, now, in a sign of the times, the anti-slavery abolitionist will be replacing Andrew Jackson, who himself was a slave holder. Jackson has long been known to have been a rabid racist, and perhaps Native Americans knew that best. He drove natives from their ancestral lands, and infamously once said that the only good Indian was a dead Indian.


Still, Jackson will not be removed entirely from the $20 bill.

The new bills will be designed very differently, and will feature one prominent person in front, and several people in back. Harriet Tubman will be the featured individual on the new $20 bills, but on the new $10 bills (yes, they are being redesigned, but Hamilton will remain), the women's suffrage movement will be celebrated.

Some interesting changes are afoot!

These new concepts are the most exciting changes that have been made to the American paper money system in my lifetime, so it will be really cool to see them.

Unfortunately, it will take a while, as I heard that the designs will not be ready until 2020, and the actual bills, to my understanding, will not be in circulation until 2030!

Still, at least that gives them enough time to hopefully get it right!

That said, I included a kind of protest against having Harriet Tubman, or any woman, for that matter, on currency. No, it is not a joke, and it is not from a sexist, male chauvinist perspective, either. In fact, it is rather thought-provoking, and that is why I decided to include it. You can click on the link below to see it for yourself:

Tubman replacing Jackson on the $20, Hamilton spared By Ben White and Nolan D. McCaskill 04/20/16

Keep Harriet Tubman – and all women – off the $20 bill by Feminista Jones May 14, 2015

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