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Last updated: April 21, 2016

Originally published: April 21, 2016



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Often times, many people think about paper money, and will automatically associate presidents with the bill fold.  Changing times in the United States of America (USA) has forced discussion about changing the faces of our money...and this topic is quite polarizing.

I'll be the first to admit, that unless you really look into the history of United States (U.S.) currency, then you more than likely will only spout off personal conjecture and not do the discussion any justice. What is the big deal that is splitting the masses on this matter?  Harriet Tubman is set to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.  According to Fox News:

In being featured on the front of the $20 bill, Tubman will be the first African American on U.S. paper money ever, and the first woman in 100 years. 
You have many people say that by Jackson, being the first Secretary of Treasury, and essentially formed the financial system that the U.S. has today, should be left alone to be the face of the $20 bill.

The opponents of Jackson sited many reasons for kicking him off the $20 bill, which included his treated of Native Americans.  There have been several attempts to get him removed from the $20 bill over the years.  An organization to get a woman on the $20 (Women on 20s) bill really got the ball rolling for this historical moment.  You can see here and the graphic below from the website, where Jackson has been on the chopping block many times. 



Once again, according to Fox news:
The last woman featured on U.S. paper money was Martha Washington, who was on a dollar silver certificate from 1891 to 1896. The only other woman ever featured on U.S. paper money was Pocahontas, from 1865 to 1869. Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea are on dollar coins.

Of course, I had to think about if only Presidents were on U.S. money, because my choice would obviously be the game changer and historical current President Barrack Obama.  My research revealed that the law prohibits portraits of living beings on our currency.  Well, that definitely knocks out our current president, so I am in complete support of Harriet Tubman being the new face of the $20 bill.  Jackson will be on the back of the bill...and that made me think...you have a former slave on the front of the bill...and put a slave owner on the back?  That imagery doesn't sit that well with me, but reading about what direction they are taking U.S. currency, it kind of makes sense.  The new goal with our money is to have it tell a historical story when a person looks at it, and the other denominations will be getting a similar facelift.

I listened to some of the debates, and I am not in agreement with Ben Carson or Donald Trump about putting Harriet Tubman on the $2 bill.  The rationale is just not sound to me.  If anything, they should put Harriet Tubman on the $1 bill since it is the most utilized bill in America.




Of course the world of social media had a field day with this news.  The range of photos went from  downright funny to thought provoking.  I will stop having you read about it!  Enjoy.