Here is the original text and the photos in the book such as it first appeared in
1984. Unlike the slideshow, which I update every 2 or 3 years, it is too
expensive to update the book. If you read it here, be aware that it is a
statement about a period of time when every white in America was only 4
times as rich as every black. Since then racism has worsened with whites
now having 7 times as much in per capita assets as blacks according to
PBS. Unfortunately my book has not done much to help change this
worsening racism in America ....except by providing some income for the
many unemployed street people in the ghettoes who helped me sell
Alphonso on page 200 in the book.
You can click on all photos in the text to
see enlargements and - when I get time - to read about the circumstances
under which I ended up with each family and how each of them are doing
Thanks to people who helped me as a vagabond and later making this book.
My personal background for coming to America illustrated with pictures
of myself in various situations.
Personal letter: James 5:
How I first stayed with a murderer in New Orleans, then ended up in
heaven with a millionaire and finally found my place in poverty.
The cotton fields
and Coca Cola
letter: Defeat at Wounded Knee?
On hitch-hiking and psychic leaps
104-year old woman
Banker and sharecroppers
Human cost of the wolf philosophy
Health care for profit
more to come....
Feel free to contact me
with comments on what you think needs to be updated in the book in case I
ever find the $45.000 to reprint it for.
Introduction and sale of book
Jacob Holdt's photo gallery