Published On: Sun, Aug 19th, 2018

Historian Elizabeth Cobb repeats call for Trump, Steven Mnuchin to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill

While there has been silence on the issue for quite some, Texas A&M historian Elizabeth Cobb repeated the call to put Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill, stating that this would be “smart for the president, his party, and the nation.”

“Could a black, Republican, female military hero who once helped reunite our country do so again? The Trump administration has vacillated on whether or not to place Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill, but confirming this choice would be smart for the president, his party, and the nation.

“I am among a group of 127 eminent historians from 30 states who have petitioned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to do so in time for the 98th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage on August 26.”

In 2016, former Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that the currency was being redrawn, adding Tubman to the front and moving President Andrew Jackson to the back. Trump and his team have “waffled” at times and Cobb is part of the group calling them out.

“Overlooked in this spat is that Harriet Tubman was selected by public acclaim. Over 609,000 Americans voted online for candidates winnowed from over one hundred women nominated by historians and museum curators. In addition to Tubman, 15 finalists included Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Margaret Sanger, Clara Barton, and Susan B. Anthony. Tubman won.

Harriet Tubman

“Now is President Trump’s chance to show that honoring a hero who defended ideals we all treasure is simply the correct thing to do: an act that rallies, as Abraham Lincoln said in another time of strife, ‘the better angels of our nature.'”

The new designs were expected to be unveiled in 2020, but what if Trump dropped the news soon, in time for the anniversary?

Cobb details the history of Tubman, further justifying her right to be historically honored in this way.

“President Trump can strike a blow against the political correctness he deplores and reassert the noble heritage of the party of Lincoln by confirming Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill.

“Such an act would bolster Americans now under pressure to tie national greatness either to racial superiority or hypersensitive diversity. It would show that, in fact, our greatness derives from devotion to a common goal: creating a City Upon a Hill that attracts people the world over to a more perfect union that fosters liberty and justice for all. Harriet Tubman is the perfect symbol.”

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