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Syngman Rhee - posed a threat to his power In 1960 when a...

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Syngman Rhee Syngman Rhee first immerged in Korea by starting the Independence Club in 1898, for which he was arrested by the Japanese. Rhee was a strong nationalist, who had studied in the U.S. for several years. For this, the United States favored Rhee and helped him gain momentum. Rhee quickly gained political power and became the Republic of Korea’s first president in 1948. He was bitterly anti-communist; and he labeled any opposition to him as communist. Furthermore, although the U.S. helped Rhee get into office, he did not listen to American advice or pressure. Rhee acted more like an autocratic ruler than a president. He had Progressive Party leaders arrested and charged in 1958 because they
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Unformatted text preview: posed a threat to his power. In 1960, when a new election was held, Rhee claimed to have received 90% of the vote, and took office again. Students protested that Rhee must resign, and the U.S. recommended it as well, so on April 29, 1960, Rhee resigned. Rhee’s presidency was significant to the Republic of Korea because it showed the U.S. that a Korean’s idea of leadership was more autocratic than they realized. Rhee’s presidency was also significant in the long term because it put their development behind that of the DPRK under Kim Il-sung’s policies....
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