Thursday, April 21, 2016

Goodbye, Andy; hello, Harriet!

The Wall Street Journal is having fun with the notion that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, given that Ms Tubman was a devout Christian who was guided by visions from God, who voted Republican, and who carried a gun. Her Wikipedia portrait shows her with a rifle of uncertain provenance, but actually she favored a revolver. By her own account, she once had occasion to point the weapon at the head of a fugitive slave who wanted to quit and return to the plantation. "You go on or die," she said, and in time she delivered him safe to Canada.

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