Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Woman on $10 Bill: Why Replace Alexander Hamilton?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Woman on $10 Bill: Why Replace Alexander Hamilton?

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A plan announced by the US Treasury to feature a woman on the $10 bill was viewed as a positive step by those who have been pressing for such a move. But it may result in the removal of the figure who some say is the only mixed-race person currently on paper money.

Alexander Hamilton, whose face currently adorns the front of the bill, was raised in the West Indies and clawed his way to the top of the American Revolutionary leadership through the strength of his writing and his political savvy, eventually gaining a place in the first cabinet.

Nowadays he is known for being the first Treasury secretary, as well as being killed in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

And some historians have suggested that Hamilton is one of the only Founding Fathers to be of mixed race, with his father or his maternal grandmother being of African descent.

Before the Treasury's announcement this week, much of the focus had been on changing the $20 bill. According to The Washington Post, the group Women on 20s has been campaigning for a woman to replace President Andrew Jackson on the bill because because 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. In addition, Jackson's record has been called into question because of his role in the treatment of native Americans during his tenure as president, the Post said.

After the announcement, some rallied to Hamilton's side, contrasting him with Jackson.

"Sure, [Jackson] is not Literally History's Greatest Monster, as he is increasingly portrayed. But if someone has to go, by god, it's Jackson. Not Hamilton. Never Hamilton! Hamilton is a hero. Hamilton built this country with his bare hands, strong nose, and winning smile," Alexandra Pertri wrote in the Post.

Hamilton was a strong "opponent of slavery" and the "truest predecessor" of Abraham Lincoln, wrote Ryan Grim, Zach Carter, and Laura Barron-Lopez in The Huffington Post. …

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