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    Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Read first

    Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Fredrick Douglas, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Martian Luther King Jr and so on.

    Before anyone says we only put presidents on our currency, Here are some examples-

    Ben Franklin $100 and a .50 coin
    Alexander Hamilton $10
    Susan B Anthony $1
    Sacagawea $1
    Chief Onepapa: $5 silver certificate
    Daniel Webster: $10 United States note
    Lews & Clark: $10 United States Note
    VP Thomas Hendricks: $10 Silver Certificate
    Michael Hillegas, 1st US Treasurer: $10 Gold Certificate
    Former Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch: $20 National Bank Note
    Former Comptroller of the currency John J. Knox, $50 National Bank Note
    Thomas Hart Benton, $100 Gold Certificate
    Former Chief Justice John Marshall, $500 Federal Reserve Note
    Various 1st ladies on $10 dollar gold coins
    Booker T. Washinton .50 cent commemorative coin



    I say yes. Their contributions to this country are just as important as the other people we put on our currency.PLus if we can put state symbols, animals and other things on our currency surely we can put black civil rights and other historical figures on our currency.
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    Re: Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Read fir

    If anyone it would have to be MLK.

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    Re: Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Read fir

    Sure, I don't know why not. Who decides what goes on our currency?


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    Re: Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Read fir

    Currency can change just as easily as the national conversation can. You know, we've been talking about John Adams a lot more than we had since the generation or so since the man passed on. He was in many respects practically ignored by those that started to more purposefully adopt the more Southern, democratic, but small government leanings. So we really hammered Andrew Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, but always politely obscuring the presence of Adams. Well, that's been changing with how we are talking about John and that Southern white male democracy. The changing views of the white male southern democrats has been especially prevalent in matters of race, gender, and ethnicity.

    In currency we've been slowly incorporating Susan B. Anthony, Sakakawea, and so on, but we're still somewhat hesitant to go much further. I think eventually we will.
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    US currency is extremely ugly. I hope they change everything about it.

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    Re: Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Read fir

    I tend to oppose the government spending time on symbolic measures such as this, but if we were to change our currency, we should certainly get rid of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, and MLK seems like a great replacement. Voted 'yes.'
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    Re: Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Read fir

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Currency can change just as easily as the national conversation can. You know, we've been talking about John Adams a lot more than we had since the generation or so since the man passed on. He was in many respects practically ignored by those that started to more purposefully adopt the more Southern, democratic, but small government leanings. So we really hammered Andrew Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, but always politely obscuring the presence of Adams. Well, that's been changing with how we are talking about John and that Southern white male democracy. The changing views of the white male southern democrats has been especially prevalent in matters of race, gender, and ethnicity.

    In currency we've been slowly incorporating Susan B. Anthony, Sakakawea, and so on, but we're still somewhat hesitant to go much further. I think eventually we will.
    I'm not an historian, but I'm of the opinion that Adams only particularly noteworthy presidential achievement was having the good fortune of being elected during a period that's largely idealized. His actual policies and leadership seem rather uninspiring.

    He was a mediocre president in a time of great ones.
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    Re: Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Read fir

    no...
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    Re: Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Read fir

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
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    Why not?
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    Re: Should we put black civil rights and historical figures on our currency? Read fir

    I think it's a good idea. Maybe a special run of quarters or nickels like they've done for the state symbols and the national parks.

    Or maybe just redesign the coins completely every couple decades or so. There are a lot of people whose contributions to the country we could honor by putting them on currency.
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