— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) April 21, 2016
As a matter of fact, yes, I was extremely pleased to hear that Harriet Tubman will get a little more of the recognition she deserves. The implementation of the new currency… well, it’s a horse created by committee, so it was never liable to be an elegant process. History so seldom is.
… While Hamilton would remain on the $10, and Abraham Lincoln on the $5, images of women would be added to the back of both — in keeping with Mr. Lew’s intent “to bring to life” the national monuments depicted there.
The picture of the Treasury building on the back of the $10 bill would be replaced with a depiction of a 1913 march in support of women’s right to vote that ended at the building, along with portraits of five suffrage leaders: Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and Susan B. Anthony, who in more recent years was on an unpopular $1 coin until minting ceased.
On the flip side of the $5 bill, the Lincoln Memorial would remain, but as the backdrop for the 1939 performance there of Marian Anderson, the African-American classical singer, after she was barred from singing at the segregated Constitution Hall nearby. Sharing space on the rear would be images of Eleanor Roosevelt, who arranged Anderson’s Lincoln Memorial performance, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who in 1963 delivered his “I have a dream” speech from its steps.
The final redesigns will be unveiled in 2020, the centennial of the 19th Amendment establishing women’s suffrage, and will not go into wide circulation until later in the decade, starting with the new $10 note. The unexpectedly ambitious proposals reflect Mr. Lew’s tortuous attempt to expedite the process and win over critics who have lodged conflicting demands, pitting mainly women’s advocates against Hamiltonians newly empowered by the unlikely success of their hero’s story on Broadway….
Harriet Tubman spent some time in Boston, because of course she would have, so the local news stations are big fans. WCBV5/ABC was happy to remind everyone that a local girl sparked the current movement (Wednesday was her eleventh birthday!). WBZ/CBS had a clip on the South End settlement center founded by Tubman and still in business. I’ve put the embed below the fold, along with some bonus twitter snark, because commentors using some browsers have complained about video invisibility and/or autoplay in the past.
Apart from celebrating small victories, what’s on the agenda for the day?
First Journalist to get Jim Webb's Jackson reaction wins a prize.
— Wyeth Ruthven (@wyethwire) April 20, 2016
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) April 20, 2016
— Courtney (CJ) Sinner (@cjsinner) April 20, 2016
Andrew Jackson was a slaver, ethnic cleanser, and tyrant. He deserves no place on our money. https://t.co/EScxggueBD
— Vox (@voxdotcom) April 20, 2016
Given our shitty history, that kinda means he actually does belong on our money. https://t.co/K5fSfRHkp2
— John Cole (@Johngcole) April 21, 2016