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Myths of the Rune StoneViking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America$
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David M. Krueger

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696918

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.001.0001

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Knutson’s Last Stand

Knutson’s Last Stand

Fabricating the First White Martyrs of the American West

(p.41) Chapter Two Knutson’s Last Stand
Myths of the Rune Stone

David M. Krueger

University of Minnesota Press

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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