Well, there is talk that paper bills needs a woman’s face. More specifically there is talk that a woman’s face should replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Jackson was the 7th president, serving from 1829 to 1837. By all accounts Jackson was a raving maniac, a bigamist, and a scoundrel of the worst kind. He owned hundreds of slaves and it was Jackson who signed and supported the Indian Removal Act and later defied the 1832 Supreme Court’s decision that said that Georgia could not impose its laws upon Cherokee tribal lands. Jackson ignored the Supreme Court, reportedly saying, “Justice John Marshall has made his decision, not let him enforce it.” Jackson then orchestrated the removal of Native Americans to Oklahoma during the infamous “trail of tears.” When Jackson died his slaves celebrated and mocked his funeral procession with a song about “He acted high, but he is low now—low down in the ground now.”
Andrew Jackson’s face has been on assorted paper currency, including the Confederate $1000 bill. His face has “graced” or disgraced the $20 bill since 1928. Is it time for Jackson’s face to go? And if so, who should replace him? The word is that a woman should replace him. We’ve already had a woman’s face, or image, on money. Remember the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin? It was issued from 1979 to 1981. Plenty of people mistook it for a quarter and complaints about it soon resulted in no more minting. But again, Anthony’s name is being suggested to replace Jackson on the $20. She’s had her chance so I say find another face. One commentator suggested Beyonce. Now that would surely get the money circulating. Other names include Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, and Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to seriously run for president. I think all this is just talk because changing paper money is a major undertaking so expect to continue to see Jackson’s wretched face on the $20 bill. So a quick quiz—whose face is on the $1 bill? The $2? The $5? The $10? The $50? The $100? The $500? The $1000? The $5000? The $10,000? The $100,000? Answers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Franklin, William McKinley, Grover Cleveland, James Madison, Salmon P. Chase, Woodrow Wilson.
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