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Harriet Tubman Reshuffles the Deck
Choice of abolitionist on the $20 bill tests Jacksonian loyalists

Did the Pulitzer help? Alexander Hamilton stays on the $10 bill, but Andrew Jackson is toast on the $20. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sometime in the future, someone looking to sell information in a crime movie will say, "I only speak to Harriet Tubman." And then that someone will be slipped a $20 bill.  

The Treasury Department's announcement on Wednesday that Andrew Jackson was coming off the front of the $20 bill and the black abolitionist was replacing him has been met for the most part with positive reactions.  

Alexander Hamilton Gets Reprieve, Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill
Hero of the Underground Railroad to replace Andrew Jackson after outcry

Hamilton College mascot "Alex," aka Alexander Hamilton, poses on the House steps holding a sign to save Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alexander Hamilton's place on the $10 bill appears to be safe, but President Andrew Jackson will lose his spot on the front of the $20 bill to Harriet Tubman, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced Wednesday.  

The decision provoked sheer delight among both Hamilton fans and advocates for a woman's face on U.S. currency.