Anointed With Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America

Anointed with Oil Book Cover
Friday, September 25, 2020
12:00pm to 1:30pm
119 Moses Hall (Harris Room)
UC Berkeley

Faculty and graduate students interested in participating should contact the seminar coordinator, Ronit Y. Stahl, Assistant Professor in the Department of History rystahl [at]

We are thrilled to welcome Darren Dochuk, Andrew V. Tackes College Professor of History at Notre Dame, to discuss his new book, Anointed With Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America (Basic Books, 2019). We will meet on Zoom at 12pm on September 25th for great conversation. Attendees will receive a book when they RSVP and are expected to come prepared to discuss and engage.
Anointed with Oil places religion and oil at the center of American history. As Dochuk reveals, from the earliest discovery of oil in America during the Civil War, citizens saw oil as the nation’s special blessing and its peculiar burden, the source of its prophetic mission in the world. Over the century that followed and down to the present day, the oil industry’s leaders and its ordinary workers together fundamentally transformed American religion, business, and politics — boosting America’s ascent as the preeminent global power, giving shape to modern evangelical Christianity, fueling the rise of the Republican Right, and setting the terms for today’s political and environmental debates.
Given budgetary constraints, it's imperative that we get an accurate head count for both lunch and book orders, with your book order reflecting a commitment to attend the seminar. With that in mind, if you plan on attending and need a copy of the book, please RSVP by filling out the following google form.