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Knutson’s Last Stand

Knutson’s Last Stand

Fabricating the First White Martyrs of the American West

Chapter:
(p.41) Chapter Two Knutson’s Last Stand
Source:
Myths of the Rune Stone
Author(s):
David M. Krueger
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.003.0003

Chapter Two demonstrates the appeal of Viking myths to Minnesotans who embraced the artifact as proof that the conquest of the American West was blessed by God. The rune stone is examined in light of efforts to publicly memorialize deceased settlers following the Dakota War of 1862.

Keywords:   Viking myths, Minnesota history, rune stone, Dakota War of 1862, Midwest history, Scandinavian Americans, Kensington Rune Stone

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