KOREA: Voices in Bondage

Across the granite hills of Korea, ground under arrogant Jap heels, the word was relayed: if the people cried aloud for freedom, the peacemakers at Versailles might hear them.

On March 1, 1919, the funeral day of Korea's puppet Emperor, the people clad themselves in white mourning and the straw shoes of grief. Under the uneasy eyes of Jap gendarmes, 200,000 gathered in Seoul, the seaside capital. At two hours past noon, in thunderous mass unison, the people whipped forbidden banners into the air, shouted "Mansei!" ("Long Live Korea!"). In Pagoda Park a committee of 33 read a declaration:...

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