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He stressed that blacks should not be overconcerned with political rights and social equality in the United States, but rather should strive to become as independent as possible. Touting a gospel of progress, Garvey attempted to enlist the masses behind black business enterprise. Traditionally, Garvey has been portrayed as representing the nationalist side of the separatist-integrationist debate that has long occupied the Afro-American community. Historically, the nationalist philosophy has been based on escapism, and its adherents traditionally were drawn from 17.

Harris, "The Negro Problem as Viewed by Negro Leaders," Current History Magazine of the New York Times (June, 1923), 414; David A. Shannon, The Socialist Party of America: A History (New York, 1955), 53. 17 Randolph's early foray into public life ended when the editorial staff of the Messenger was split asunder by three major controversies in the early 1920s. All the disputes centered on differences in ideology. The first of these conflicts concerned the question of support for Marcus Garvey and his Back-to-Africa movement.

13. Randolph, "Reminiscences," 112, 11415, 121, 123, 15253, 15859, 17175; James Weinstein, The Decline of Socialism in America, 191225 (New York, 1969), 73. 14. Sterling D. Spero and Abram L. Harris, The Black Worker (1931; rpr. New York, 1968), 38789; Dufty, "A Post Portrait," December 29, 1959. Page 12 bowed to the money power in the community, Randolph and Owen also criticized black preachers for failing to educate the people and rouse them against the evils of disfranchisement and lynching.

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