When it was announced this week that Harriet Tubman, famous abolitionist and later a suffrage activist, would replace Andrew Jackson on the front side of the $20 bill, some people took it as another slap at conservatives by the politically correct far left.
But that notion quickly blew up in the faces of liberals when it was revealed that Tubman, the former slave-turned-Underground Railroad “engineer,” was actually a gun-toting, devoutly religious Christian and a Republican to boot, according to various sources and at least one on-line biography.
Jackson founded the Democrat party and had been a slave owner, and it was southern Democrats who opposed the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln, and later were behind the Ku Klux Klan.
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Tubman, who passed away in 1913, will be the first woman pictured on paper currency in a hundred years, according to the Chicago Tribune. The announcement has gotten a positive reaction, according to published reports, especially from people like Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation.
During her lifetime, Tubman helped escaped slaves reach freedom traveling through Maryland and Delaware to Pennsylvania. While engaged in those activities, it has been documented that Tubman carried a small revolver and was not afraid to use it.
Later, she helped guide Union Army troops, and carried a rifle in that endeavor.
It is known that Tubman helped bring her family members to freedom, and at least one biography said that she used the handgun on occasion to prevent some runaway slaves from going back and possibly turning her in and ruining the operation.
She was being lauded for her courage, especially during a period when she could easily have been captured or killed for her abolitionist activities.