If you fell asleep during history class, you might ask questions about what Andrew Jackson and Harriet Tubman accomplished during their time on Planet Earth. In order to get you caught up to speed for the purposes of this article, I will summarize as such:
Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. While he accomplished some notable positive things for the United States, his stamp was left with the start of the “Trail of Tears,” a forced relocation project on Native Americans in which thousands lost their lives during a horrible trek across the country. Harriet Tubman, born into slavery in South Carolina, became responsible for the safe passage of many families through what is famously known as the “Underground Railroad.” Tubman was instrumental in the battle against slavery in the mid 1800s.
Fast-forward to 2016 and your possible confusion as to why someone as controversial as Andrew Jackson remains imprinted on the $20, and why incredibly impactful individuals such as Tubman remain absent from any form of notation. Well, that is about to change. The United States Treasury has announced that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill. Other civil rights leaders and influential women will begin to make their way into the U.S. currency. I can only say a job well done, FINALLY, to the decision makers behind currency changes. In this new generation where young men and women are being brought up into a society where we acknowledge and appreciate diversity, people like Harriet Tubman deserve their place in our lives.
So every time you go to the store to buy a Blu-Ray, 12-pack of your favorite beer, or any other item that requires you to pull out the $20, take a moment to appreciate someone that helped shape our current generation.
Thanks to Wikipedia and NY Times for the story and information.