“When I found an article on Facebook about it, I had to continue reading because I didn’t believe it was a real article,” said Meghan Angley, a Junior and MFJS major here at DU.
Andrew Jackson who currently resides on the bill and has for the past eighty-eight years, will be reduced to the back of the bill alongside the image of the Whitehouse.
Jackson was well known for his common man platform that earned him his presidency in the civil war era. He however is also well know for his prejudices including his persecutions of Native Americans and his involvement in the Seminal Wars which many people considered genocide. And ironically enough he was against the federal currency and hated the centralization of the banks.
“He wasn’t a great president and it seems like they put him on the twenty dollar bill for no reason . . . which is amusingly one of the most circulated bills hands down,” said DU’s Junior D1 swimmer and International Business student Patrick Guillory.
“It is high time we have a women on any currency,” says Junior Meredith Tolleson who is an International Studies major and member the debate team at the University of Denver.
Tubman is not the only woman who will grace the future of our bank notes either. Turns out although the Hamilton and Lincoln will remain holding their positions on the front of the bills of the ten and the five, a group of Seneca Falls American suffragists Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice will appear in a montage on the back of the ten dollar bill while the back of the five will depict the Lincoln Memorial along with Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt who were apart of historic events that occurred there.
This change is essentially an upheaval of the bourgeoisie by demonstrating that these power imbalances do not have a place in America’s future and need to be corrected even by the most symbolic of measures. Nonetheless this does not demonstrate that there will be an immediate social change. Rather a vague goal of awareness will be the objective.
Angley stated, “This is not enough of a change because we currently don’t think about the faces on our bills.”
Guillory had a slightly different view, “They were founding fathers yes but how many of their values align with the values we use today? I’m pretty sure Greece still doesn’t have Caesar on the euro…”
These modifications are scheduled to appear as soon as possible but it can take over a decade to funnel the old out and the new in. It is known however that the five and twenty bills will be surfacing after the ten since there is a big push for this specific bill to enter circulation in 2020 as to commemorate the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
Although President Obama has a small amount of time left in office to get this off the ground, his Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew distrusts that any possible successors would veto the refashioning of America’s currency.
But why is this happening now? Some say that this should have happened sooner.
“The revision is in place for the sake of intersectionality. Third way feminism is speaking heavily on the fact that everyone faces different struggles. What it means to be poor and the most disenfranchised in society and eventually have your voice heard, even if it is 103 years too late,” says Tolleson.
Guillory elaborated by saying “Black history is apart of American History it is not an entity in itself. It is a component that should be integrated. Because she grew up in a time where people of color were being viewed as 3/5 a person I think she would be proud if she knew that she was being put in this position.”
Not only is Tubman black and also a woman, she is also one of the most legendary forces who have fought for freedom, something that was once not universal in the United States of America, even though it was the intended foundation that this country was built upon. For this we commemorate her and all that she has done for this nation.