Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father getting lots of attention in
popular culture these days, may be staying on the $10 Federal Reserve
note after all.
CNN is quoting a "senior government
source" as saying that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will replace
the portrait of Andrew Jackson on the $20 Federal Reserve note in the
future with that of a woman, a move that would keep Hamilton where he
currently resides on the $10 note.
Jackson became the target of the Women on 20s campaign that made headlines in 2015 as it sought to replace a
president who was behind the mass relocation of Native Americans by
way of what is commonly called the Trail of Tears.
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Despite pressure to replace Jackson instead of Hamilton, Lew had
until this report maintained that it was the $10 that needed design
updates most, for security purposes, and that replacing Jackson was
not what was being considered.
Disapproval of picking Hamilton to be replaced over Jackson
resurfaced when the cast of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton
met with Lew in an attempt to persuade the secretary to keep
Hamilton, a Federalist who served as the first Treasury secretary and
was behind the establishment of a central bank, on our money.
"Those pressures led Lew to determine that Hamilton should
remain on the front of the bill," CNN reports. "Instead, a
mural-style depiction of the women's suffrage movement — including
images of leaders such as Susan B. Anthony — will be featured on the
back of the bill."
Jackson, meanwhile, will be replaced on the $20 with a woman
"representing the struggle for racial equality," according
to CNN. CNN also reported that the new $20 note would not be placed
into circulation any sooner than 2030, meaning that the goal of Women
on 20s will not occur soon.
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Underground Railroad pioneer Harriet Tubman was the leading vote-getter in Women on 20s'
poll in 2015. Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth were also among the
poll's candidates with ties to the fight for racial equality.
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