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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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Immortal Rock

Immortal Rock

Cold War Religion, Centennials, and the Return of the Skrælings

(p.119) Chapter Five Immortal Rock
Myths of the Rune Stone

David M. Krueger

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Five places rune stone enthusiasm in the context of Cold War religious fervor. Starting in the 1950s, activists used the Viking myth to claim the U.S. had Christian origins. As academic critiques of the artifact mounted, locals linked their defense of the stone with efforts to propagate the Christian faith.

Keywords:   Cold War religion, American religion, Midwest history, Viking myths, rune stone

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