Harriet Tubman will be replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. This announcement has brought praise from Americans who think women other than Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthony deserve representation on American currency. However, it has also brought a surprising amount of complaints and downright hatred.
The New York Times reported that Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. President Jackson will be relegated to the back of the $20 bill. Feminists, African Americans, and American citizens who recognize and value the diversity of American heritage praised the decision by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew.
Harriet Tubman was a national heroine. As the Underground Railroad conductor nicknamed Moses, she led scores of slaves to freedom before the Civil War. During the Civil War, she worked as a scout and a nurse for the Union forces. She led the raid on plantations on the Combahee River, freeing over 700 slaves. After the Civil War, she became involved in the suffragette movement as well as working for better conditions for freed slaves.