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Summing up politics in America in the 1830s

Henry hates John. John abhors Henry. Andrew can’t stand Henry or John—and neither of them have any use for Andrew.”

The Players
Henry is Henry Clay, Speaker of the House for decades. John is John C. Calhoun, a proud southerner who developed the idea of nullification. And Andrew is Andrew Jackson, war hero and eventual president of the United States.

I discovered this incredible summation of affairs in the book Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults by a man named Schnakenberg.

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Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill? That’s fine by me.

BeFunky_487px-Harriet_Tubman_1895.jpgMaybe now more folks will pay attention to history.

However, the US Treasury is gonna need more than a woman on a bill to rescue its sorry excuse for design. It’s the 21st century and yet American money is still stuck in the 19th.

American money desperately needs a redesign. It needs to be cool to look at, with bright, vibrant colors and objects, such as butterflies and national parks.

Delving a bit deeper into this, Treasury is redoing the reverse side of bills, but I doubt the color and basic design schemes will change.

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So just who is Harriet Tubman?

Born a slave, she escaped to the North in 1849. She helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for the raid on Harpers Ferry. During the Civil War, she worked as a Union spy.

Now that’s impressive. Reminds me of Frederick Douglass.

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