Alexander on U.S. Treasury’s Announced Redesign of the $20 Bill

Posted on April 21, 2016

WASHINGTON, April 20 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s announcement that Andrew Jackson will be replaced on the front of the $20 bill by Harriet Tubman and placed on the back of the bill:

“United States history is not Andrew Jackson versus Harriet Tubman. It is Andrew Jackson and Harriet Tubman, both heroes of a nation’s work in progress toward great goals. It is unnecessary to diminish Jackson in order to honor Tubman. Jackson was the first common man to be elected president. He fought to save the Union. He defined an American era. He helped found the Democratic party. And he was a great Tennessean. Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. gave us wise advice: ‘Self-righteousness in retrospect is easy, also cheap.’”

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