Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Yes absolutely Harriet Tubman should be on the $20 bill

The campaign to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman on the $20 is well underway and Harriet Tubman is in the lead in the voting. This is absolutely the right thing to do. Eleanor Roosevelt, who is in second place in the voting, is a good person, but she certainly never risked her life for her causes. Harriet Tubman escaped slavery then spent years risking her life to free other slaves.

She is a great American hero and few people deserve this honor as much as she. As the W20 website notes:
Soon, Tubman began her forays back into Dixie, rescuing siblings, nieces, strangers and, on her last trip, her aging parents. In 11 years of leading missions and guiding others in how to lead, she is believed to be responsible for the freedom of hundreds. She frequently outwitted her pursuers, using disguises and evasive tactics, later boasting she never lost a single passenger on the road to freedom. During the Civil War, Union soldiers, who had little knowledge of the country beyond their own small towns, relied on Tubman to guide them when poorly drawn and outdated maps could not. A gifted healer, Tubman also nursed the wounded.
And all this while there was a bounty of $40,000 (about a million in today's dollars) on her head.

Fun facts about Harriet Tubman.