In his acclaimed biography Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
(Amistad, Reprint Edition, 2017), James McGrath Morris
explores the fascinating life of pioneering black female journalist Ethel Payne. Backed by exhaustive archival research, Morris traces Payne's role in documenting the civil rights struggle during the decades following World War II, before her later impact as the first female African American radio and television commentator on a national network. The New York Times
has described Eyes on the Struggle
as an "an important and often absorbing new book," while the Chicago Tribune
has contended that Morris' beautifully written and carefully researched new book "gives Payne's ground-breaking work the attention it deserves."
Morris' other books include Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power,
placed on its 2010 list of the ten best biographies, and The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism,
which the Washington Post
named as one of its Best Books of the Year. His most recent work is The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
which will be published in April 2017 by Da Capo Press.