by Michael Krieger
[…] I’ve always found it quite ironic that the one man who hated central banking more than any other American in the nation’s history, would ultimately find his face plastered on the $20 Federal Reserve note.
Today, we found out his image would be replaced by Harriet Tubman, so I thought it might be a worthwhile exercise to go ahead and read Andrew Jackson’s March 4, 1837 Farewell Address to the nation.
The speech was pretty representative of the man’s complicated and understandably controversial legacy. On the deplorable side, we find degrading and offensive comments regarding the Native American population (which he played an instrumental role in destroying), as well as an implicit defense of slavery.