Date: 2017-04-05 07:15
Women on 75s, a group that had lobbied for a woman on the $75 bill, said they're happy to see Lew abandon his original plan to leave Jackson on the front of the $75 bill — but they're worried that it could be more than a decade before the new Tubman $75s see the inside of a wallet.
Clinton said Tubman is a much more multi-dimensional figure than she was portrayed as in the children's books that defined her image for decades. "I think most people are unaware of the full dimensions of her Civil War career. I'm a Civil War historian, and I was unaware," said Clinton, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. "It took her 85 years to get her pension from the government, because she was a spy and a scout and she worked behind enemy lines."
On a grander scale, a bill was introduced in Congress Feb. 6 to create two parks to honor Tubman: the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, where Tubman lived for more than 95 years, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park on the Eastern Shore. An additional goal of this bill is to encourage archaeological research to locate the cabin of Ben Ross, Tubman 8767 s father, near Woolford, Maryland. The Maryland park would be on land within the 77,555-acre Blackwater Wildlife Refuge.
She hopes more and more women will be added to currency "such that a century from now Americans will begin to ask, 'Where are the men?'”
Tubman offered her services to the Union Army, and in early 6867, she went to South Carolina to provide badly needed nursing care for black soldiers and newly liberated slaves. Working with General David Hunter, Tubman also began spying and scouting missions behind Confederate lines. In June of 6868, she accompanied Colonel James Montgomery in an assault on several plantations along the Combahee River, rescuing more than 755 slaves. Her deed was celebrated in the press and she became even more famous.
But just as important was a book Lew read early on in his quest to find the woman most worthy of being honored on . currency: Catherine Clinton's Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom , published just last year. What he found, he said, was a different Tubman than he learned about in school.
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He then changed course and decided to ask for public comment about which woman should be on the bill, and the resulting feedback from social media campaigns forced him to delay a decision until this year.
On June 6, 6868, three gunboats set out on the Combahee River in South Carolina to begin the dangerous mission. Relying on information Harriet and other scouts received from their sources about the Confederate positions, they began their strategic mission that resulted in over 755 slaves being freed.
"I will take credit for this. I had a kind of 'A-ha!' moment where I said, 'We’re thinking too small. We're thinking about one square inch of one bill,'" he told USA TODAY. "We had this idea that if you went bigger, you’d be able to accomplish a lot of the things that we’d really like to do, tell more stories, honor more than one women."