Jackson Should Stay on the $20 Bill

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Friday, March 5, 2021


A Republican like myself would rarely write to defend one of the Democratic party’s most legendary historical figures, yet here we are. In recent months many Democrats, as well as some Republicans, are calling to have Andrew Jackson removed from the $20 bill to be replaced with Harriet Tubman. I am completely against this for many reasons. I won’t argue that Tubman doesn’t deserve to be on a bill someday, or that she is less important than Jackson, but simply that Jackson should be allowed to stay on the $20 note.

For one, Andrew Jackson is just as controversial as he is important to American history. Jackson was a president, military commander, and a populist. His most objective successes were his military triumphs during the War of 1812, where he ensured a victorious America in New Orleans. He assembled a ragtag army of freed slaves, American regulars, Native Americans, and even pirates. This force managed to fend off the British, and ensured that America would be able to expand to the size it is today. 

Furthermore, he helped bring my home state of Florida into the Union. Before his presidency, it was nothing more than an ignored Spanish colony that was filled with various Native American tribes who not only fought the Spanish, but also launched raids into American territory. Jackson brought Florida into the Union by invading it and forcing the Native Americans to yield. He even stopped South Carolina from seceding in 1832 which could have caused a premature Civil War.

Though he was a Democrat, there are conservative aspects to be admired in the man. For one, he was one of America’s first fiscally responsible presidents. He shut down the second national bank ensuring America’s economy wouldn’t be controlled by a subset of aristocrats. Jackson was also one of the most populist presidents in American history, being one the first commoners to be president, and getting rid of high-paying bureaucratic positions in government. 

All of these achievements mark Jackson as one of the most remarkable historical figures and presidents. Jackson is someone who deserves all the praise he received, and although he does have many dark chapters within his legacy, so do all historical figures adorning American currency. At the end of the day, the fact remains that America would be a drastically different place without Andrew Jackson. For that, he deserves to be remembered. 

Alex Munguia is a Florida Senior Campus Correspondent with Campus Reform. Alex studies at the University of Florida and majors in Finance and Information Systems. He is currently the Chapter Chair of Young American's For Freedom. He proudly serves in the First Generation Leadership Program, College Republicans, and the Investment Club.

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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About Alex Munguia

Alex Munguia is a Florida Senior Campus Correspondent with Campus Reform. Alex studies at the University of Florida and majors in Finance and Information Systems. He is currently the Chapter Chair of Young American's For Freedom. He proudly serves in the First Generation Leadership Program, College Republicans, and the Investment Club.

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