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A Holy Mission to Minnesota

David M. Krueger

in Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816696918
eISBN:
9781452952444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The introduction describes the origins of the Kensington Rune Stone and the culture that was built up around it by its defenders. It discusses broadly the class, racial, and religious distinctions ... More


In Defense of Main Street: The Kensington Rune Stone as a Midwestern Plymouth Rock

David M. Krueger

in Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816696918
eISBN:
9781452952444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter Three describes how civic boosters fashioned the rune stone into a symbol to unify small-town residents in their defense from external cultural critiques. At several public events featuring ... More


The Enduring Legacy of American Viking Myths

David M. Krueger

in Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816696918
eISBN:
9781452952444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The conclusion considers the role of Viking origin myths for American culture in light of the revival of rune stone enthusiasm in the twenty-first century.


Knutson’s Last Stand: Fabricating the First White Martyrs of the American West

David M. Krueger

in Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816696918
eISBN:
9781452952444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

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 ... More


Immortal Rock: Cold War Religion, Centennials, and the Return of the Skrælings

David M. Krueger

in Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816696918
eISBN:
9781452952444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

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 ... More


Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America

David M. Krueger

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816696918
eISBN:
9781452952444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Myths of the Rune Stone tells the story of how white Midwesterners created, adapted, and propagated a myth that Viking missionaries had visited their region and were “massacred” by local Indians ... More


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