Test site for my book in progress

Roots of oppression


To whom it may concern

When I - here from Denmark - followed the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, I couldn't just sit idle. Many young protesters focused mainly on the police killings of blacks and perhaps did not know much about the underlying historical roots behind much of today's anger. Many books have been written about it by black authors, but to my knowledge none with pictures. All movements quickly die out, so therefore I hope this book can be a visual supplement.

Since I have 22.000 photos in my archives from 50 years of traveling in the black community, I got the idea to make a visual book as an inspiration for the movement - about the "roots of the oppression" and systemic racism I personally have witnessed since I came to America 4 years after the triumph of the Civil Rights movement. It is my hope that the book can be published so fast that it can be useful in Trumps and Bidens divided America with its ever growing economic, social and racial inequality.


See the entire book here:

Read the book online here

Leaf through it with a page index below. Press the Full Screen botton below for best result. Click on links below the interviews and lyrics to instantly see the live videos the text is based on.

Download the book as a pdf - or as a Word file

Download the Word file with the text only
Here you can better mark and make comments in the text

Search specific pages as image files on the web 
Here you can quickly find and send individual pages as low-resolution web images.

Shorter extracts

Foreword to the book

Life stories of:  Sharecropper Lefus Whitley   -  My girlfriend Mary   -  Virginia Pate   -  Rockefeller

Linda, the small girl with the kerose lamp  -  The gangster Alphonso   -   My ex-wife Annie

Renee Yates, naked at the crucifix

Special chapters:

The oppression of prostitutes   -   The oppression of women   -   The oppression of LGBTQ+   -

White hate: Serial murderers   -
  White hate: Ku Klux Klan   -  Black resistance


More on the book and my background

Technic details of proposed coffee table book
which I have set up in InDesign based on my old "American Pictures" layout with many newer and larger photos from my art exhibitions. Please help suggest different photos from here or here.

Background on myself
Many reading this know me from my previous books, exhibitions and my 7000 lectures in America and Europe, others do not.

With love
Jacob Holdt
Gernersgade 63
1319 Copenhagen
Phone +45-20-324412

Denne side på dansk

Possible back cover which in the end will be decided by a publisher

Publish Online Dashboard (adobe.com)
Older version https://indd.adobe.com/view/c06c90e9-a0c4-4134-9d1e-32881effb2f8