This will just be a brief note, but I must comment on the delightful choice of Harriet Tubman as the American woman to be portrayed on our new twenty-dollar bills. She was my choice all along, but feared she would lose out to other figures whose stories are better known. Now that the choice has been made, I have this silly impulse to shout, "Way to go, Harriet!"
Here's a simple dictionary definition of this remarkable woman -- what the internet will tell you about her:
Oh, but she was so much more. It's not enough to say she was a Union spy. To understand her, you have to visualize this tiny woman standing on the deck of a Union gunboat, singing at the top of her lungs to reassure terrified slaves to come out of hiding and let the Union troops transport them to safety and freedom.
Want to know more? A couple of my favorite stories about her appear in the last two chapters of my book, Left by the Side of the Road.