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"Homer Bezaleel Hulbert (January 26, 1863 – August 5, 1949) was an American missionary, journalist and political activist who advocated for the independence of Korea.
Hulbert was born in New Haven, Vermont, in 1863 to Calvin and Mary Hulbert. His mother, Mary Elizabeth Woodward Hulbert, was a granddaughter of Mary Wheelock, daughter of Eleazar Wheelock, the founder of Dartmouth College. After graduating from St. Johnsbury Academy and Dartmouth College, Hulbert attended Union Theological Seminary in 1884. He originally visited Korea in 1886 with two other instructors, Delzell A. Bunker and George W. Gilmore, to teach English at the Royal English School. In 1901 he founded the magazine The Korea Review. Before 1905 his attitude towards Japanese involvement in Korea was positive, as he saw the Japanese as agents of reform, in contrast to Russia, which he saw as reactionary. He changed his position in September 1905, when he criticized Japanese plans to turn the Korean Empire into a protectorate. He resigned his position as a teacher in a public middle school, and in October 1905 he went to the United States as an emissary of Emperor Gojong, to protest Japan's actions. After returning to the Korean Empire in 1906, he was sent as part of a secret delegation from Emperor Gojong to the Second International Peace Conference held in The Hague in June 1907. The Korean delegation failed to gain a hearing with other world powers, and the Japanese used the Emperor's actions as a pretext to force him to abdicate. Hulbert's 1906 book, The Passing of Korea, criticized Japanese rule. He was not so much theoretically opposed to colonialism as he was concerned that modernization under the secular Japanese was inferior to a Christian-inspired modernization. He was expelled by the Japanese resident-general for Korea on May 8, 1907."
History of Korea Vol. 1 (file size: about 10 MB)