Letters to the Editor

Humm letter: Harriet Tubman

I regret the proposed removal of Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill. His faults were those of a man of the early 1800s, but we should never forget his beating the British in the Battle of New Orleans, and his efforts to restore power to ordinary citizens. However, I can definitely support adding Harriet Tubman to our currency.

Born a slave around 1822 in Maryland, Harriet Tubman resolved to escape in 1849. She later wrote: “There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.”

During her 11 years and 13 missions to help slaves escape on the Underground Railroad, she carried a percussion pistol for protection against slave-catchers and their dogs. During the Civil War, she served as a scout for the Union Army, again carrying a handgun. While leading a Union raid at Combahee, S.C., she carried the “assault weapon” of the day — a percussion rifle. Harriet Tubman saw clearly that the right to bear arms was a major part of the difference between slavery and freedom. I only hope her picture on the $20 bill will show her carrying her favorite handgun.

Peter Humm, Mountain Home