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A Woman Will Appear on the $10 Bill

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It is less popular than the $20, which is more widely distributed than other banknotes through ATMs

By Frederick H. Lowe

Internet followers wanted Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill
Internet followers wanted Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill

A woman will appear on the redesigned $10 bill, but not on the more widely distributed $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson, as many had hoped.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced yesterday that a woman will appear on the $10 bill in 2020, celebrating the anniversary of 100 year passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote.

Various groups want President Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill
Various groups want President Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill

Alexander Hamilton’s face has been on the $10 bill since 1929. The U.S. Treasury is conducting a search to determine which woman will appear on the $10.

Internet voters wanted Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Tubman was the most-successful conductor on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War and a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. She died March 10, 1913 in Auburn, N.Y.

Voters want to replace President Andrew Jackson, a slave trader, who engaged in ethnic cleansing of Native Americans through the Indian Removal Act, known as the “Trail of Tears.”

Davy Crockett opposed Andrew Jackson's decision to remove Native Americans from their lands.
Davy Crockett opposed Andrew Jackson’s decision to remove Native Americans from their lands.

His opponent was Davy Crockett, who was a member of Congress and was later known as “The King of Wild Frontier.” Crockett opposed Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Crockett was the only member of the Tennessee delegation to vote against the act.

Cherokee chief John Ross sent Crockett a letter on January 13, 1831, expressing his thanks for Crockett’s vote. His vote was not popular with his own district, and in 1831 he was defeated in the election by William Fitzgerald.

Crockett’s opposition to the Indian Removal Act never was mentioned on Disneyland, a popular television program during the 1950s.

The $20 bill makes up 22 % of today’s currency because it is dispensed by ATMs. The $10 bill comprises 11% of today’s currency.

 

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