Despite high-profile criticism, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is sticking with his plan to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.
Here's an article from the New York Times. -Editor
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is sticking with his plan to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman.
Lew announced last month that as part of a redesign of the $10 note, he hoped to put a woman on the bill. The department called for the
public to weigh in on who should be honored. He said he expects a final decision soon.
"I think we have waited long enough," Lew said of the move to put a woman on U.S. paper currency for the first time in 100
years. He made his remarks Wednesday during an appearance at the Brookings Institution.
The initial announcement to remove Hamilton triggered a public outcry.
Critics of the decision complained that Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury secretary, should be left on the $10 bill. Instead,
they argued, a woman should be featured on the $20 bill in place of Andrew Jackson, who many historians view less favorably because of his
treatment of Native Americans.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wrote in a blog post that he was "appalled" by Lew's plans to replace
Hamilton, calling him "without doubt the best and most foresighted economic policymaker in U.S. history."
Asked about all the controversy, Lew said that he wanted to move quickly to honor a woman and that the next bill scheduled for redesign
to improve anti-counterfeiting features is the $10 bill.
Lew said that Hamilton's image would be retained in some way on the redesigned bill. But his position has drawn fire from Democratic
presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who said a woman should not have to share the $10 bill with a man.
Treasury has said that once a woman is selected, it will aim to complete the redesign by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of
the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.
To read the complete article, see:
Lew Sticking With Plan to Put Woman on
$10 Bill (www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/08/us/politics/ap-us-currency-redesign.html?_r=0)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE 'KEEP HAMILTON' MOVEMENT GAINS STEAM
Wayne Homren, Editor
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