Harriet Tubman Replacing Andrew Jackson on $20, Hamilton to Stay on $10

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Abolitionist Harriet Tubman will appear on front of the $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson and becoming the first woman featured on U.S. paper currency in modern times, a Treasury official said in deciding to leave Alexander Hamilton on the $10 note.

The decision is the latest chapter in a 10-month-old controversy that erupted after Treasury Secretary Jack Lew tried to address gender imbalance on U.S. currency notes. He opened up the selection process to the public just as the current face on the $10 bill was enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and outrage ensued.

The move Lew is announcing Wednesday is intended as a way to thread the needle between women’s groups who have been advocating for gender diversity on U.S. currency and fans of Hamilton, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, the playwright and star of the hit Broadway musical about the nation’s first Treasury secretary. Miranda lobbied Lew to keep Hamilton on the $10 when he visited Washington last month.

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  1. IMO, it makes the most sense to replace Lincoln, Washington or Jefferson on either a bill or a coin since they’re all “double dipping”.
    Lincoln is on the cent and $5 bill.
    Jefferson is on the nickel and $2 bill.
    Washington is on the quarter and $1 bill.
    Why yank Jackson’s sole representation? Yes, he was a jerk and a slave owner, but morally Jefferson may have been even worse.

  2. I love this picture!
    It makes the African American people happy,
    It makes women happy &
    due to her having her hair covered, the Orthodox Jewish people happy!

    • People didnt smile back then. Before photography paintings were the way people made “images” to remember. And paintings took to much time to be in uncomfortable poses. Imagine smiling for many sittings before the painting is finished. That would be torture. Of course generally people of means had family paintings. But the norms of “images” were established. Another reason i think was in early photography the exposure rate was very long and it also would have been uncomfortable or impracticle to smile.


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