'Trail Of Tears' Engineer Andrew Jackson Loses $20 Spot To 'Underground Railroad' Conductor Harriet Tubman

  • by: Alan Duke

Former President Andrew Jackson, who is credited with saving the United States as a general in the War of 1812, will be replaced on the U.S. $20 bill by Harriet Tubman, an African-American who helped escaped slaves flee the south through the "Underground Railroad" network.

Jackson was a slave owner and the president who forced many thousands of native Americans out of the southeast to make room for white settlers in the "Trail of Tears." Before that, he was commander of the U.S. army that stopped the British invasion of New Orleans during the War of 1812, a feat credited with preserving the United States.

Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. treasury secretary, will remain on the $10 bill, despite an effort to replace him with a woman. Hamilton's newly-renewed fame as the subject of a smash Broadway musical is credited with saving his currency spot.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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