America has spoken, and as part of the Women on 20’s campaign, has voted that they’d like to see Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
How frickin’ cool would that be? I personally think it’d be awesome! Having one of the greatest abolitionists and humanitarians in American history on the $20. Fun fact: Harriet Tubman worked as a Union Spy during the Civil War! Not too shabby! She was also famous for being a conductor on the “underground railroad”, which helped bring slaves to freedom during the slavery era.
Now this comes as slightly bad news to Andrew Jackson, the less-funny-named fella who currently occupies the $20, but I think all in all, it’s a positive development.
I’m a fan of Old Hickory – he was a gritty, competitive guy, who had a scar on his face that was inflicted by the saber of a British officer. The reason he was sabered: young Jackson refused to polish the shoes of a British officer during the Revolutionary War. Another tough-guy thing he did – his opponents started calling him “Jackass”, and he liked it so much he made it his mascot, and the Donkey became the mascot of the Democratic Party.
Now that’s some serious badassery, and Jackson will always hold a special place in American history. But his presidency was hardly a stellar one – overseeing the Trail of Tears and Indian removal act – and some of his conduct was racially insensitive and less-than-humanitarian, even for the time.
In any case, Jackson stays on the bill for now, but the Women on 20’s campaign wants to do something about it. I’m all in favor of more funny-named people on currency, so let’s do it, folks!