Speaking of Harriets, my personal favorite Harriett Tubman has also been endorsed by a panel of academics and historians. Here's an
article from Bloomberg Busienss forwarded by David Sundman. Thanks. -Editor
As U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew asks the public which famous woman he should put on new $10 bills, historians he’s surveyed
privately are building a convincing argument for abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
Catherine Clinton, a Tubman biographer, pressed her case at a meeting Lew held with more than a dozen academics and researchers in
Washington in August. Together with other Tubman supporters, she swayed some of her colleagues, including Arwen Palmer Mohun, a history
professor at the University of Delaware, in Newark.
“I walked into that meeting with a list in my head, but a pretty firm conviction that it should be a woman of color,” Mohun said in an
interview. “And I walked out convinced that that woman should be Harriet Tubman.”
The Treasury Department has been polling people since June about which woman to honor on redesigned $10 bills that will debut in 2020.
That year will be the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Lew said July 29 he will announce his decision “in the very near future.” Mohun said the U.S. economy was built on the backs of slaves,
and the latest redesigned currency should recognize that legacy. Clinton, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, argues
that Maryland-born Tubman liberated herself and others, repeatedly risking her life. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse, a scout
and a Union spy.
Those attending the Aug. 5 meeting at the National Museum of American History agree it wasn’t a debate that resulted in a winner. Still,
most of those interviewed either pointed to Tubman as their top candidate or said that while they back other candidates, the arguments for
the escaped slave were particularly strong.
To read the complete article, see:
for New $10 Note, Say Historians
Wayne Homren, Editor
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