Harriet Tubman Should Be on the $20 Bill


Friday, March 5, 2021

Earlier this year, the San Francisco School Board voted to rename public schools named after George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and even Dianne Feinstein. All of these figures had, in one way or another, violated the sacred tenets of the woke left’s godless religion, and thus had to be stripped of any recognition or admiration. Faced with this anti-American mindset, conservatives must fight back strongly to defeat the spirit of 1619 and preserve the spirit of 1776. Amid the culture war, conservatives are right to be skeptical of any attempt by the left to slander key American figures. 

It is with this in mind that a controversy has arisen among conservatives as to whether Harriet Tubman should replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill as President Biden moves towards doing so. While conservatives of good faith can find themselves on either side of this issue, I believe replacing Jackson with Tubman is the action that would most embody and celebrate the spirit of 1776. 

To be sure, President Jackson did do many great things, yet his sins far outweigh his virtues. The first Democrat president’s economic policy undoubtedly helped cause the Panic of 1837. More importantly, he laid the groundwork for the Trail of Tears—one of America’s greatest sins. It was he who signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, and mandated removal be both voluntary and peaceful. However, Jackson often opted to ignore the text and use force instead. When the Supreme Court rightly ruled in Worcester v. Georgia that Georgia could not violate the liberties of the Cherokee Nation, Jackson responded, “John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!” Jackson, of course, did nothing to stop the encroachment of the Native Americans’ liberties. 

Harriet Tubman is an American legend. A devout Christian and both a fierce abolitionist and suffragist, few have exemplified the love of Christ and the spirit of 1776 as she did. Born a slave, Tubman was kept illiterate and abused, suffering a brutal head injury. Fueled by her faith, Tubman escaped and secured a better life for both herself and her family. 

She played a prominent role in the Underground Railroad before the Civil War, earning herself the nickname “Moses,” and proved to be invaluable to the Union during the war. Whether it be her pistol or a sharp-shooter’s rifle, Tubman was always armed for a fight. 

During the war, she was a cook and a nurse for a time, but quickly became a spy. Tubman was the only woman known to have led a military mission during the war, executing the Combahee River Raid to perfection, which resulted in the liberation of 700 slaves and demoralizing the South. After the war, Tubman allied with Susan B. Anthony and fought for women’s rights and continued her work in her church. 

Above all of her work for the United States, her values were uniquely American. On liberty, Tubman had this to say:

“I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.”

Tubman is a great American hero, and every patriot should aspire to be like her. She dedicated her life to the Gospel and American values, and millions of people are free as a result of the cause for which she fought. Conservatives are right to want to preserve, defend, and build upon the spirit of 1776. I can think of no better way to do that than by replacing a genocidal Democrat with a radical Republican. 

Image source: Biography.com

Jack Shields is a student at Texas A&M University. He is a history major and huge Dallas Cowboys fan, with interests in politics, religion, and philosophy.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Jack Shields is a student at Texas A&M University. He is a history major and huge Dallas Cowboys fan, with interests in politics, religion, and philosophy.

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