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Historic makeover: Harriet Tubman to be face on U.S. $20 bill

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This is great news. Its good to read about something positive in The U.S. for a change.

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Way to go!

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It would not surprise me if the states in the deep south find ways to keep them out of circulation, perhaps by reissuing their own bills bearing the image of Jefferson Davis or Robert E. Lee.

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Excellent choice.

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Tubman will become the first African-American on U.S. paper money and the first woman to be depicted on currency in 100 years.

The Susan B Anthony dollar coin was minted from 1979-1981 and the Sacagawea golden dollar coin is technically still being minted (though not distributed into circulation). Harriet Tubman is definitely not the first woman on currency in 100 years.

Is she the first woman on paper money in 100 years?

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and the first woman to be depicted on currency in 100 years.

Heh, is the Susan B. Anthony $1 coin that old?

Anyway, this is a solution to a problem that never existed. At least the liberals didn't select an image of Caitlyn Jenner. . . .

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Hey! There you go.

I'm glad to see that the Obama administration is putting politics aside and replacing that slave owning, Indian killing, democrat scoundrel, Andrew Jackson with a truly heroic, gun loving republican in Harriet Tubman.

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Is she the first woman on paper money in 100 years?

Not if we include the world outside the USA.

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Anyone got change for a Tubman?

Just trying it out.

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RowanM,

Harriet Tubman is definitely not the first woman on currency in 100 years.

The last woman on paper currency was Martha Washington who was depicted on a $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896. So, one, there hasn't been a woman depicted on paper currency in 120 years, not 100. Also, I think the author is mistaken assuming the word "currency" means the paper variety exclusively, which it doesn't.

In any case, it's pretty cool when US currency is allowed to live and breathe, just like our body of laws, to provide an ever-changing tribute to those who have contributed to making American a better place for everyone, not just wealthy, white slave owners who, while instrumental in helping build the foundations of America, were not and are not the last word on progress and change for this country.

Bravo to the Treasury for a long overdue nod of acknowledgment to both women and African-Americans who have done more and given more towards making this country great than certain Southwest farmers can ever hope to achieve.

I don't see 100 years having to pass before someone like Caitlyn Jenner earns a spot on US currency as well.

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" Tubman will become the first African-American on U.S. paper money and the first woman to be depicted on currency in 100 years. "

I don´t get the second part of this claim. Is he seriously saying he believes that no women have been portrayed on currency in 100 years? Never been to a European monarchy? There has to be a misundestanding somewhere.

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Good on them!

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Will this upset the Trump supporters who think the abolition of slavery was a bad idea?

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Will this upset the Trump supporters who think the abolition of slavery was a bad idea?

They'll probably just refuse to use $20 bills.

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Bravo to the Treasury for a long overdue nod of acknowledgment to both women and African-Americans who have done more and given more towards making this country great than certain Southwest farmers can ever hope to achieve.

I would say the Louisiana Purchase has done a lot to make the country great, but I suppose we'll be revising history on that next.

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Great idea! Long over due. And extremely appropriate to replace Jackson with Tubman.

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This is just stupid. Remove the only president that took on the central bankers and won.....really no surprise since they're running the country anyway.

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Political correctness at work again. Harriet Tubman's photos are very unappealing. While she does deserve recognition, on the $20! Really? And only one Native American coin in the past several decades!

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@MarkG, total shocker here but there are no photos on currency, just tastefully rendered engravings. Why not go for the lesser known gun toting images that show Tubman as a full on freedom fighter? That would be a good contrast to the serene Sacajewea coin.

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One thing I don't understand no one mentions the irony of having Jackson put on a central bank currency in the first place.

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Oh man. I can already hear the rednecks moaning.

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The native Americans suffered more than slaves. The native Americans have been overwhelmingly overlooked. BLM, and so do all lives. I am not about to give this movement any credit with the chants they used.

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It took me a few days to get used to the idea but I like it. Of course I do not like the idea of a "quota" for a woman but she is very fine representative of the effort to end slavery in the US. If the choice were strictly to find someone who was representative of emancipation that would be Lincoln of course. But he is already on the five. After him I would say Frederick Douglas. But again, this is about a quota for women. The fact that she is a black woman will provide the Lefty's with a warm and fuzzy tingle up their collective leg. Regardless of their PC ecstasy Tubman is about as good of a choice possible given the ideological imperative applied to the selection.

The fact is there are very few women that have truly had a tremendous impact on America at this point in history. Pocahontas is a very notable exception because at the time it could be said that she had a part in saving the colonial enterprise altogether. This is, of course, due solely to the fact that unlike modern times women were not more directly involved in the fortunes of the entire nation many generations ago. That is just the way things were. That said, Tubman was a significant figure and a fine representative of historical American women.

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I really have no idea why anyone cares.

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A great change from Jackson. She was a proud constitutional conservative who claimed to have visions from God, a hardcore gun toting veteran AND true embodiment of Christian love who just happens to be black and a woman....lol

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I really have no idea why anyone cares.

I guess because it's setting a precedent. Now, every next Pres. is going to want to change the currency for political or legacy reasons, when it's just a waste of taxpayers money.

I mean, do you really want to see Trump on the $1. bill in 30 years? lol

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Harriet Tubman to be face on U.S. $20 bill

Aunt Jemima's portrait on the $20 would've been a good choice too.

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