Andrew Jackson's isn't worthy enough to be on the $20 bill...I agree with him being a great military strategist but, as a role model or leader I disagree...he is known for his hostile, racist, and cruel character and decisions and selecting him to be the face of the $20 bill was a poor decision done by the Treasury Department Committee... historians claim that their are no written records of the purpose for Andrew Jackson's face to be put on the $20 bill but, their are many reasons why he shouldn't be... First, his inhumane political aspirations in my opinion isn't a good representation as an American historical figure... His indian removal policy evicted and exterminated thousands of Native Americans... and he had over 300 slaves on his plantation (Hermitage)and if any were to runaway they were given a very remorseless punishment of 300 lashes... the image he withholds doesn't represent the U.S. positively nor the betterment of the people... even though my opinion is based of the perspective of present-day America and morals... the reality of him being a cruel and hostile historical American figure shouldn't be represented on the $20 bill... In my opinion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. should be on the $20...What's yours??
I think that this is an obvious answer. Andrew Jackson should not be on the $20 bill. Even if people want to argue that he was a successful president, it still does not mean he deserves to be on the $20 bill. Jackson was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Native Americans and to have him on the $20 bill is disrespectful to them. His actions at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the Indian Removal Act/Trail of Tears were detrimental to many Indians and still effects Native Americans today. The U.S. already does not show enough respect to Native Americans: Columbus Day is a national holiday but it ignores the deaths of the many Indians caused by Columbus; Thanksgiving is celebrated without taking into account what really happened between the Indians and Europeans; Disney showcases a fairytale version of Pocahontas; Indians are used as mascots for sports teams. By keeping Jackson on the $20 bill it just continues Americas lack of respect towards Native Americans. I think to properly make up for this Jackson should be replaced by a prominent Indian leader. Perhaps Powhatan, Chief of the Indian tribes that helped the Jamestown settlement. Other replacements are leaders in African- American history. Andrew Jackson was a racist and owned over 100 slaves. Keeping him on the 20 also shows disrespect to African-Americans. I think the best choice for a replacement is Harriet Tubman. She escaped from slavery and continued to help hundreds of slaves escape through the Underground Railroad. She also made strong efforts for women’s equality. I do not think Jackson should be replaced by any other white man, they are already celebrated enough in history. The most influential founding fathers are already represented on bills and coins so I think it is time to acknowledge the minorities that have shaped American history.
Although Andrew Jackson was a successful president, this does not justify why he should be on the $20 bill. As President, he did not approve of the national bank and believed it was a form of benefitting the government rather than the citizens. If he did not wholeheartedly believe in the national bank, he should not represent the national currency of our country. Also, seeing as our money represents our ideals and represents our beliefs on an international scale, Andrew Jackson most definitely is not suitable as the face of our $20 bill. His values go against the very ideals of America today. He discriminated against women, Indians, and African Americans. These are the minorities that make up a significant portion of America's infrastructure and economy today. They provide a substantial amount of the nation's gross domestic product and should be accurately represented by someone who did not actively and deliberately suppress and discriminate against them. In my opinion, Senator Hiram Revels is a suitable candidate for an African American to take Jackson's place seeing as he was the first African American to serve in Congress and actively worked to achieve equality for African Americans during his time as a politician. Charles Curtis, the first Vice President of proven Native bloodlines, would be a suitable candidate for the representation of Native Americans because he supported the bill for the protection of Native American women and the bill making all Native Americans citizens of the United States. In addition to his support of Native Americans, he supported the Woman Suffrage Movement and supported the Suffrage Amendment. These two men would most definitely be more suitable as the face of the $20 bill than the racist, bigoted and suppressive Andrew Jackson.
Honestly, yes. Andrew Jackson should be on the $20 dollar bill. If his morality and vile behavior is being considered, almost none of these "Founding Fathers" should represent our currency. You all speak of his history as the American Napoleon however you fail to realize that America portrays Abraham Lincoln as a traitor by putting him on the darkest coin and facing the opposite direction as the rest of the others. Andrew Jackson's presidency was a necessity and yes he was great. His violence was not but he did what he had to do as a leader of an young country who's presidency was being fueled by the only people who's morality mattered back then. WHITE MEN WITH LAND AND MONEY. Yes we live in a different time, yes all opinions matter now but the fact is, if one is taken off, they all should be taken off.
I believe that Jackson should stay on the $20 bill. Although I believe he was unsuccessful, the Treasury Department committee certainly believed he was, which is why he was put on the face of the $20 bill to begin with. His actions remain unforgivable, however most of the other faces on our currency have done unjust things as well. For example, George Washington should be removed off of the $1 bill because he was referred to as a dictator. Instead, James Madison should be the face of the $20 bill considering that he wrote many federalist papers which laid the foundation for the system that we currently have today. His actions, unlike Jackson's lasted for a long period of time.
Jackson should not be the face on the $20 bill because even though he left some impact on the nation that was positively effective, such as Western Expansion, he does not represent the ideals of the United States today. In order to achieve the Western expansion, he evicted thousands of Native Americans that were doing no harm to the country, showing his prejudice towards them.The United States now represents a nation that believes in equality for all, and Jackson believed in the opposite. He believed that Native Americans were unworthy when compared to white Americans and he believed that Africans were only good for labor. He was not willing to give these people any rights.He represents the past opinions of the United States in it's early stages. Today, the United States strays away from those ideals. I do not believe that he should have never been put on the bill because his impacts were not seen as negative to many before and he carried out executive actions and plans that benefited those who put him into office. But I do feel like he should be removed because his ideals are the opposite of what the United States attempts to represent today.
Even though Andrew Jackson was a strong military leader and provided a voice for the average working class white man, he should not be on the $20 bill because of all of the other races he oppressed. Before his presidency, in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, Jackson and his men murdered and wounded over 1,000 Native Americans, displaying his violent personality. Also, with the Indian Removal Act he forces thousands of Native Americans from their homes and onto the Trail of Tears where many later died. To have him on the $20 bill would only further oppress Native Americans living in America today, because they are forced to use this currency that honors a man whose acts were detrimental to their ancestors. Andrew Jackson also oppressed African Americans, seeing that he owned over 100 slaves to work his plantation. He did not think of them as humans, and if African Americans make up a majority of America’s population today, why have someone who not only did not fight for their rights, but disregarded their humanity as a whole on the$20 bill? It’s not only absurd because of his oppression of these minorities, but that Andrew Jackson did not even agree with the idea of paper money to begin with. He issued the Specie Circular requiring land must be bought using hard money, which is silver and gold, then causing The Panic of 1837. I think that Powhatan would make a better choice for the face of the $20 bill because he fought against the English colonists to protect the Native Americans in the early 1600’s. On the other hand, a good African American candidate would be Sojourner Truth who was both an abolitionist and a part of the women’s rights movement. Jackson does not represent the morals of today’s America so although he was a good President at the time, he does not belong on our $20 bill.
While Andrew Jackson is considered to be successful by many people, specifically because of his determination to create equality and provide opportunities for less fortunate white men, it is the morality of these actions and in the other things that he did not attempt that define his character as President. To represent a bill that is the currency of our country, one must be an "American Hero". While other men that are represented on our currency, such as George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton may have moral issues and many people that disagree with their actions, all three of these men are political heroes, in that Washington lead our country to independence and essentially created the traditions that we still practice in government today, including the Presidential cabinet. Lincoln helped to end slavery, even though he may not have agreed with this notion and only did this to gain the respect of voters. Hamilton established the national bank and created the financial plan that essentially saved our economy. Even though 2/3 of these men owned slaves, no other man on our currency has attempted to remove an entire race from our country by force and go to the extent that Jackson did with the Trail of Tears. He evicted families from their homes and sent them on a journey that he was confident most of them wouldn't survive out of pure hatred and greed. Jackson governed during a time in which many of the people with power did not vocally disagree with this crime, however, if we are concerned about the presence of his face on our $20 bill currently, we must consider our current morals(!!!!!!). Jackson represented a country in which "we" and "us" meant white men. In contrast, we live in a time where "us" and "we" is anybody and everybody, and that is the most beautiful aspect of our country. Why should a man who only respected people like himself and believed that minorities including Native Americans, African Americans and women were undeserving of a voice still be honored with his place on our current currency that people of these minorities use every day? While every person on our currencies and most leaders of our country in general have had issues politically and/or ethically/morally, no one of these men have committed such a crime as Jackson did with the Trail of Tears. Jackson did not deserve the honor of his placement on the $20 bill when he was first awarded it, and everyday he deserves it less and less as we progress to a more open and accepting America.
I feel as though Andrew Jackson should be on the twenty dollar bill, as he showed true devotion towards his country through his acts during presidency. Jackson was responsible for keeping the union united during the nullification crisis, as well as expanding its territory. Additionally, Jackson embodied the American dream during that time period, an immigrant that could work his way up to a prestigious office, despite his social background. I also feel as though if we wish to take into account that atrocities that Jackson committed during his presidency, we must also reevaluate other individuals that our on our currency. One example of this is Benjamin Franklin, who is on the one-hundred dollar bill. Benjamin Franklin was a womanizer, while this does not compare to sending thousands of natives to their deaths, it cannot be overlooked. America has made several advancements towards achieving equal rights for women, yet our currency still has a reminder of the sexism that took place in our past.
I feel as though Andrew Jackson should not be on the $20 dollar bill. During his presidency, he was a chief factor in starting the Mexican American war, which caused the death of thousands of Americans and plummetted the nation $150 million in debt. Not only that, but he also was a precursor to the Civil War due to the Tariff of 1828 and Manifest Destiny. While expanding westward, Jackson did not evenly distribute slave and free states; due to this they had unequal representation in the Senate, and thus motivated the confederacy to secede from the union in follow years. Moreover, the Tariff of 1828 blatantly ignored states' rights in the constitution. In doing so, many anti-federalist ideals sparked in the battle for states rights', which was also a chief reason for the confederate states ceding from the union.
In addition, Jackson also caused nationwide debt and unemployment. Due to the bank wars, 20% of the nation's money was transferred to banks supportive of Jackson. This caused debt, which was origanally avoided due to financial help from enterprises and Western banks. However, he implemented the Species Circular, which forced people to pay for government land with gold and silver. This destroyed the system in which the government could avoid debt thanks to the enterprises and Western banks, and led to the Panic of 1837, in which banks and businesses failed, inflation rose, and unemployment rose up to 25%. Due to this, I do not believe Jackson should be on the $20 dollar bill, as he was responsible for entering the nation into a 6 year recession due to the Panic of 1837, as well as for being a precursor to the Civil War due to strengthening the reason for states to secede from the Union.