We wasn’t there in Texas long when the soldiers marched in to tell us that we were free… . I remembers one woman. She jumped on a barrel and she shouted. She jumped off and she shouted. She jumped back on again and shouted some more. She kept that up for a long time, just jumping on a barrel and back off again.
Highlighted by Jonathan Bristow in A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn