Alexander Hamilton gets to stay on the front of the $10 note. Harriet Tubman will knock Andrew Jackson off the $20 spot’s front. Other changes, too.
Lew is expected to roll out a set of changes that also include putting leaders of the women’s suffrage movement on the back of the $10 bill, and incorporating civil rights era leaders and other important moments in American history into the $5 bill.
Also, Jackson isn’t getting completely booted off the $20 bill. He’s likely to remain on the back.
At least we get to continue saying we’re “All about the Hamiltons, baby.”
Which is akin to making the right choice for the wrong reasons. Jackson being kicked off is the right choice, not kicking him off for scuttling the reconstruction and being a bit of a racist prick is the wrong reason.
And, to be clear, it would be very very hard to designate any historical political figure that we couldn’t tear down. Washington, Jefferson, Adams, we could tear them all down based on racism/ elitism/ slavery/etc. Through modern eyes each could be constructed as a monster, if wished.
But its an exercise in futility. There isn’t any redeeming factor to positively promote as reason to include him on a bill. Which should be the standard applied. Rather than search for flaws for why they should be excluded, instead find positive reasons to include them. EDIT: Move along, mistakes were made when typing while eating.
Damn, you’re right. Brain fart on my part. That’s what I get for typing while eating. Johnson holds that distinction, not Jackson. Jackson had some racist policies, but none related to post Civil War (obviously, he was dead).
I think CraigM was thinking of Andrew Johnson, another scion of Tennessee. I worked on the Papers of James K. Polk, co-located at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with the Papers of Andrew Jackson and the Papers of Andrew Johnson. All those Tennessee boys, hard to tell 'em apart.