Harriet Tubman on the$20 Bill

Harriet Tubman on the$20 Bill

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On April 20, 2016, Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew announced about the $20 bill to be replace with Harriet Tubman’s image. They did not have any release day  for the $ 20 bill to be publish with the image of Tubman on it. Therefore, the United States decided to put a Black abolitionist leader on the $ 20 bill. She worked with slaves during the Civil War and helped them to be free from the south.

Secretary Lew asked US citizens for help in choosing the changing money design in order to better reflect our American democracy.  To read more about this government program CLICK HERE

Andrew Jackson was on the $ 20 bill but he forced natives off their land and was racist. He did many harmful things including his veto of the national bank.  During his Presidency of the United States during the time of slavery the American economy actually was getting worse.  He even vetoed a national currency s its funny that his face is so common on the $20 bill.  Maybe its because this is the bill of the working class and his election was the first time that white men who did not own property could vote.

” Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849 but spent the next decade repeatedly returning to Maryland to help free her friends and family through the Underground Railroad, a network of people and places that helped slaves safely escape to the north. Ultimately, Tubman is believed to have personally saved about 70 other people from slavery during 13 rescue missions, according to Larson.”

Slaves traveled along the Underground Railroad in this reproduction of a painting c. 1893 in the Cincinnati Art Museum by Charles T. Webber. Photo Credit: Library of Congress
Slaves traveled along the Underground Railroad in this reproduction of a painting c. 1893 in the Cincinnati Art Museum by Charles T. Webber. Photo Credit: Library of Congress

I am glad to see Harriet Tubman’s image on the $ 20 bill because she was very successful woman who motivated others to find their liberty.  She had helped a lot of slaves to escape north and she wanted to save those who were oppressed. I know in that time there were not many women who were so strong and inspiring to so many. It was very difficult for all the women to work outside of their house, and they were not allowed to do any kind of job, just take care of their family, children and made food for them.  She is an example of the power of the American woman in society even when they had limited rights.

Here are some links to more information on this story:

Harriet Tubman to appear on $20 bill, while Alexander Hamilton
In-DepthWashington PostApr 20, 2016

The New $20: Harriet Tubman vs. Andrew Jackson
BlogWall Street Journal (blog)Apr 20, 2016