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Four facts about the new face of $20 bill: Harriet Tubman

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Donald Trump did mouth off, of course, opining that slated-to-be-displaced Andrew Jackson “had a great history” and that substituting Tubman – who, he allowed, was “fantastic” – amounts to “pure political correctness“.

The reverse of a new $5 note will honor events held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., including former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr., officials said. Lew had often cited that connection as a reason to put a woman on the $10 bill.

The slew of changes give the Treasury “a chance to open the aperture to reflect more of America’s history”, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told reporters on a conference call. The new designs, including the new $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman, should be unveiled by 2020.

“This gesture sends a powerful message, because of the tendency in American history, the background of excluding women and marginalizing them as national symbols”, said Riche Richardson, associate professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University.

Media coverage around potential currency changes has ratcheted up in recent weeks in anticipation of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s announcement, but few observers may know the bureaucratic hoops Howard and other activists had to jump through to make their voices heard and the frustrating delays they endured.

To African Americans, Harriet Tubman was our Moses, guiding the enslaved to freedom by faith and the light of the North Star.

But Hamilton has recently seen a resurgence of popularity — thanks in large part to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musicalHamilton” — and was spared.

Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who rose to become a famous abolitionist, Underground Railroad leader, and social reformer, will soon appear on the $20 bill. After the Civil War, Tubman, who died in 1913, became active in the campaign for women’s suffrage.

“I think its past time to have an African-American on paper money”.

Numerous people and groups had clamored for the change. Jackson oversaw the so-called “Trail of Tears” – a massive displacement of Native Americans in the aftermath of the Indian Removal Act, that led to the premature deaths of thousands – which he signed into law in 1830.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a statement that the currency move was a “small but meaningful vindication” for Native Americans.

As of 2008, the latest year for which Google lets you search their scanned book data, Rosa Parks was the woman most frequently appearing in books, just barely edging out Susan B. Anthony.

Darrin Jackson

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