Is All About the Tubman’s, Baby!


By: Alima Mootoo

The American $20 bill currently features former president Andrew Jackson, and his image has graced the 20 since 1928. However, the U.S. Treasury, who decides who is featured on U.S. bills, has made the decision to replace his image with someone else: Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was a slave famous for her actions during the Abolitionist Movement. She helped fellow slaves to freedom through a network of people lined up from the south to the north, also known as the Underground Railroad.

The U.S. Treasury first considered putting a woman on the $10 bill, but then decided the 20 would be better since people didn’t want Alexander Hamilton to be replaced. The musical on Broadway, Hamilton, raised his popularity amongst the people. Instead, Andrew Jackson was chosen for replacement because he was known to be a slave owner. Harriet Tubman will not be the first woman to be put on paper money, but she will be the first in the last 100 years. Her appearance on the new bills has raised great controversy with the citizens of the U.S.

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