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John Chuckman

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Andrew Jackson was simply a violent madman. He is well gone.

He tried destroying money, effectively favoring the gross inflation of local banks for the benefit of Jackson’s constituency, backwoods farmers. I’ve never understood why he was given a place on money.

He fought several duels, literally horsewhipped one man, had a towering rage of a temper, and was responsible for the atrocity we call the Trail of Tears, in which long-settled home- and farm-owning native people in the Southeastern US were sent packing out to what became Oklahoma but was then wilderness. Literally thousands died. It was like something the Nazis might do.

Alexander Hamilton, however, deserves more than any figure to be on the face of money. That clever man practically created all the key elements of today’s money system.

Harriet Tubman is certainly a significant historical figure, but it has not been American practice to put general historical figures on the face of money.

Also, I can’t help feeling there is tremendous cynicism and hypocrisy in putting her on a bill. Money and slavery were intimate associates. The US has never apologized for or compensated for slavery. There is not even a monument to this important and dreadful institution in Washington.

All the blubbering in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights about freedom and rights was put into accurate perspective by Britain’s magnificent Dr. Samuel Johnson when he asked: “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?”

He was referring to the likes of Thomas Jefferson.

By the way, Andrew Jackson was also an unrepentant slave holder.

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