The US Treasury tweeted that Harriet Tubman, famed abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
This is a huge advancement for women especially women of color. There are also changes being made to the $5 bill to depict former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and scenes from the Lincoln Memorial.
Tubman, who besides her works for civil rights worked for the rights of woman, was also a major contributor in campaigning for women’s suffrage. Her legacy is a staple in American education and she is a primary female figure in American history. Respect for Tubman only grew after her death and her legacy is widely celebrated.
Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States, is notoriously famous for the 70 treaties he made with Native American communities and the beginning of the Native American removal policy. Though a series of Supreme Court Decisions that supported the rights of Native Americans to function outside of the laws of the U.S. to some degree, the stress and prejudice left the Cherokee Nation in a poor negotiating position with the government and they eventually agreed to the removal doctrine. This lead to the Trail of Tears, a march where thousands of Cherokee’s died, lead by Jackson’s predecessor Martin Van Buren. Jackson is known as one of the most controversial and studeied Presidents in U.S. history.