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How do you feel about Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill?

Asked by Rarebear (25192points) April 20th, 2016

For US people obviously.

Andrew Jackson was always an odd choice for the $20. Putting aside his racist genocidal tendencies, he hated the central bank and effectively killed it during his presidency.

So I think it’s a good choice, and it’s certainly time for a woman on the bill. Harriet Tubman is probably a better choice than most.

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janbb's avatar


jaytkay's avatar

Cool. I did not know a decision had been made.

Rarebear's avatar

I think it’s a better choice than the $10. Alexander Hamilton was instrumental in starting the National Bank and whatever anybody thinks of the Fed, he deserves his likeness on it. Andrew Jackson was always a bad choice.

Seek's avatar

Works for me. I’ve always found her story inspiring.

Irukandji's avatar

I feel good about it, but I can’t help thinking that the government deliberately went for a twofer here. But yeah, I was always hoping it would be Jackson who got replaced for exactly the reasons you mention.

Coloma's avatar

Why not, old Andrew has had his run since 1928, move over Andy and make room for Harriet.

GSLeader's avatar

It should have been the great Juliet Gordon Low, no questions at all.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Tubman will do! She’s about as far from a racist White man as we’re likely to achieve.

Jak's avatar

I like it. The 20 seems like the most used bill so take that, racist mysoginists! All up in your grill. Some clubs will no doubt be started as a consequence, that only accept “real” 20s.

janbb's avatar

Will you be able to take it in a men’s bathroom in the South?

Pachy's avatar

Soooo great! Just wish we didn’t have to wait until 2030. I may not be around to spend it.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Increased high tech counterfeiting threats have forced the Federal reserve notes, not bills, Fluther, to be changed in recent years. This is in my opinion the only reason for messing with the world’s currency. Yeah, yeah, the low vision feature is a good innovation.

With the exception of Franklin, notes are to bear an engraved portrait of deceased US Presidents. This tradition should continue. Ahem Ronald Reagan ahem.

Andrew Jackson was a badass who took no shit. Under him the US enjoyed a federal budget that wasn’t in the red.

Want a woman on our “paper” currency. Be a woman, successfully run for Commander In Chief, then pass in your sleep after a long and healthy life.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@SecondHandStoke With the exception of Franklin, notes are to bear an engraved portrait of deceased US Presidents. This tradition should continue.”

Hamilton was never president ether.

Darth_Algar's avatar

As for the question: I’m good with it, although my choice would have been Jeanette Rankin.

Seek's avatar

I like the UK. They have Darwin on their money (at least until next year, when he’ll be replaced by the novelist responsible for some of the most annoying women in all fiction short of Twilight).

ragingloli's avatar

The old 10 DM bill had a scientist, a scientific instrument, and a mathematical function on it.

tinyfaery's avatar

I really do not care whose face is on money.

jaytkay's avatar

What will be on the back? I vote for Sherman’s March to the Sea.

marinelife's avatar

Absolutely fine with it.

Irukandji's avatar

@GSLeader Interesting that you can’t even spell your hero’s name correctly.

@Rarebear Sort of interesting, but not really. Surely we can care about the change even if we think the person responsible did it for the wrong reason.

filmfann's avatar

@jaytkay The back of the $20 bill will stay the same, but the back of the $10 bill will change to show a scene from the underground railroad.
I wish they would put all the changes on the 20. It would just make more sense.

Irukandji's avatar

@SecondHandStoke What are you on about in your first sentence? A Federal Reserve Note is one kind of bill, so calling it a $20 bill is perfectly correct.

dxs's avatar

So they’re replacing the picture on the $20 bill with another woman?

SecondHandStoke's avatar


May I be a pedant?

Please? with your permission?

Jesus, chill out.

Rarebear's avatar

@SecondHandStoke What is the difference between a note and a bill? I like being pedantic.

Irukandji's avatar

@SecondHandStoke It’s not pedantry when it’s wrong. You were wrong.

JLeslie's avatar

It’s fine with me. It seems like a good choice.

jca's avatar

It’s fine with me. She’s a good candidate. However, I’d much rather see animals and/or flowers on all of the bills (as someone in another thread suggested). Maybe some animals like the Dall sheep.

gorillapaws's avatar

She’s an excellent choice, but it’s going to take way too long before it goes into effect (like 14 years-or-so). By then we may be using Apple Pay/Samsung Pay/whatever chip in our brain to pay for stuff. They should do it sooner while cash is still used regularly (I almost never carry it on me these days).

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I think Tubman’s story is one of the most interesting there is to found in the congregate American biography. She was heroic, she was complicated, she was sometimes brutal in her decisions, but she accomplished the near impossible. Most of all, she was brave. Although I’m not as hard on Jackson as is now fashionable, I think she is a fine choice for the Twenty and outshines him in many ways.

dxs's avatar

Why does it take so long?

stanleybmanly's avatar

And there is something truly poignant about the fierce defiant expression in the face of a black slave woman plastered on $20 in U S currency. The piercing determined glare on Tubman’s face is fitting in more ways than one. Particularly in these times, her story and that riveting photo remind us that $20 is serious business!

stanleybmanly's avatar

I just checked out the Tubman $20, and true to form, all the hard severity has been “airbrushed” from her mug. What a fkn rip!

rojo's avatar

I don’t mind. My life will go on.

Jeruba's avatar

I thought I was for it until I read an editorial posted by a black woman who said that it’s an insult to everything Tubman stood for, which was certainly not commerce and economy. She pitted herself against that system by working for the freedom of people who were being treated as commodities. The writer said that whereas we seem to think putting people’s portraits on our currency is an honor, this is no honor to Tubman at all and would horrify her.

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba That’s an argument that can certainly be made but this is one of the ways we honor people. I doubt that all African-Americans feel the same way about it as that author does. I do get the irony though.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Will this change affect the ink budget for the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing?

jaytkay's avatar

Will this change affect the ink budget for the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing?

Oh, you!

jaytkay's avatar

Harriet Tubman had a $20 pension for her Civil War service.

They were dicks about it and it took decades to get her the recognition. She was not paid retroactively.

Harriet Tubman Historical Society – Compensation for Civil War Services

ibstubro's avatar

I think America should get away from the cult of the personality and replace the portraits with images from nature and/or science.

(Tubman seems a good portait choice.)

filmfann's avatar

@filmfann The back of the new $10 will show women’s suffrage, not the underground railroad. Get your shit together, and stop posting after plum wine.

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