African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will appear in the US 20-dollar bills

By TPN/Lusa, in World, USA/Canada · 26-01-2021 12:20:00 · 0 Comments

The White House announced today that the flagship project will be relaunched to put the face of the African American activist Harriet Tubman on the 20-dollar bills, which had been abandoned by Donald Trump.

"The Treasury Department will take steps to relaunch efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the new 20-dollar bills," said Presidential spokeswoman Jen Psaki. "It is important that our notes, our money, reflect the history and diversity of our country and the image of Harriet Tubman in the new 20-dollar bill reflects them in a clear way," she said. This activist will be the first African-American person to appear on a banknote in the U.S. This project, initiated in 2016 by then-President Barack Obama, is now relaunching when the U.S. has been under way for about a year that denounces racism and political violence against minorities of color.

Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) fled slavery and helped dozens of slaves escape to north America and Canada before and during the American Civil War, before participating in the struggle to give women the right to vote. Their fight, within the secret escape network 'Underground railroad' based a feature film in 2019. He should have replaced populist President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), a controversial character admired by Trump from 2020. But former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced in 2019 the project's postponement until at least 2028, citing "security issues" relating to one of the most used banknotes in the country.

During the 2016 presidential election campaign, Trump had described Harriet Tubman's choice as "pure political correctness" and suggested that her face would look better on the two-dollar bill, which is no longer printed. Andrew Jackson, who held the White House between 1829 and 1837, was considered the first "populist" president by Trump, who had installed his photograph in the Oval Office. This general was known for his historic victory over the English in New Orleans in 1815. But it is also associated with the massive deportation of Indian tribes to the West, the so-called "Trail of Tears", which has caused thousands of deaths.



Related articles


Comments:

Be the first to comment on this article
Interactive Topics, send us your comments/opinion on this article.

Please note that The Portugal News may use selected comments in the printed edition of the newspaper.