The United States’ currency is undergoing a redesign with Biden now President.
On Monday, January 25th Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, announced that the Biden administration is reissuing an initiative to change the face of the $20 bill.
Andrew Jackson, the 7th serving US President, is currently on the $20 bill. So, why is Andrew Jackson being replaced?
Why is Andrew Jackson being replaced?
Andrew Jackson has been the face of the $20 bill since 1928. On the reverse is an image of the White House.
The initiative to replace Andrew Jackson came from a campaign called “Women on 20s”. This campaign sought to get a woman on the $20 by 2020. The year 2020 marked 100 years since women attained the vote through the passing of the 19th Amendment.
The “Women on 20s” campaigners explain why they wish to remove Jackson from the $20 bill. They state:
“He was the architect of… the Trail of Tears, the mass relocation of Indians resulted in the deaths of thousands. Jackson’s mission to “remove” Native Americans from their land coupled with his activities as a profiteering slave trader and cruel slave owner reveal his character as incompatible with the core American values and principles of freedom and equality.”
Who will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill?
- Harriet Tubman
The 19th-century abolitionist and leader of the “Underground Railroad,” who escaped slavery herself, is to become the new face of the $20 bill.
The initiative to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman was put forth by the Obama administration in 2016. This was put on halt while Donald Trump was in office (2017-2021).
Andrew Jackson was known to own slaves, so the replacement of a slaveowner president with a former slave and abolitionist was heralded as a momentous shift. Actor Rob Reiner tweeted in response to the news: “the arc of the moral Universe will continue to bend towards Justice.”