Michael E. Ruane

For Michael E. Ruane's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Lincoln set the bar high for inaugural addresses

/ Jan 21, 2013

Lincoln set the bar high for inaugural addresses

He first wrote out his speech in longhand. He had it printed and then cut the text into 27 snippets that he pasted on a sheet of paper. He changed three words and added 15 commas and semicolons. Then the author, Abraham Lincoln, took ...

America's largest mass execution now obscure

/ Dec 31, 2012

America's largest mass execution now obscure

Settlers had come from miles around. The hotels were full. And some spectators were camped out in tents and wagons. The giant gallows erected between Front Street and the Minnesota River was a marvel: a perfect square, supported by oak timbers, and able to ...