The United States Treasury Department has recently announced it is going to change the look of the $5, $10, and $20 bills. It plans to have these changes out into the market by 2020 according to money.cnn.com
The new changes to the $5 and $10 dollar bills are yet to be finalized. However, the new plans for the $20 dollar bill have been announced. The United States plans to put Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill.
Tubman was the leader of the Underground Railroad during the 19th century. She was a prominent figure in the efforts to abolish slavery in the United States. She is someone who virtually everyone recognizes in the U.S.
Harriet Tubman will be booting 19th-century President Andrew Jackson from the face of the old $20 bill. Andrew Jackson is most likely being removed from the bill because his policy and treatment of Native Americans recently came under scrutiny.
This decision to remove Andrew Jackson and replace him with Harriet Tubman has come with a wave of controversy. In an article by Paul Thornton, published by the LA Times, he cited letters which the paper received in response to this decision.
One of these writers, Jacqueline Kerr, wrote, “‘Having a woman’s face, and a black woman’s face no less, on the $20 bill will lift the status of women everywhere. It’s impossible to imagine how this will affect some cultures in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, especially those in places where a woman’s face must be covered. Go for it, Treasury Department: Alter civilization.’”
Another one of the writers, Wayne E. Williams, wrote, “‘The decision to replace Jackson with Underground Railroad hero Tubman is a slap in the face by the Obama administration to American Indians who suffered from the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
It would only have been right to replace the image of Jackson on the $20 bill with one of our Indian heroes from the nations affected by the Indian Relocation Act.'”
These responses are just a few of the opinions of the widely disputed decision to change the $20 bill.
Mr. Morrissey noted that this is a good change. He said, “It is good to see different types of leaders be recognized other than just old presidents.”