Thursday, April 21, 2016
Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. She was supposed to replace Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill, but Hamilton fans objected -- strenuously. Using the power of PR, they got the decision changed. It makes sense. Hamilton was the founder of the fiscal process that runs the United States. He was anti-slavery. He was the brilliant exponent of the constitution in the Federalist Papers. He had worked his way up from poverty to be a renowned lawyer in New York. Jackson was a man of violence -- a slave owner and persecutor of indians. He killed the National Bank of the United States, which put the country on a perilous course throughout the 19th Century and into the early 20th. One wonders why the Treasury Department chose to replace Hamilton in the first place. But, it listened and acted, and everyone seems satisfied. Welcome, Harriet, to the 20 dollar bill.