POSTPONED: Anointed With Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America

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Friday, March 13, 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, Mark Brilliant, Associate Professor of History, mbrill [at]

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.

Anointed With Oil is a hefty book on a hefty subject, which is why we're looking to distribute it to attendees well in advance of Professor Dochuk's visit. As always, the expectation is that folks come to the seminar having read the whole book, in order to be prepared to discuss it with the author. If that's too tall a task, Professor Dochuk recommends focusing on the Prologue/Introduction and chapters 3-9 as the "heart of the book." He then advises that chapters 6-9 work as a "nice cluster."

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.

Lunch will be provided - along with books (to be distributed this week).  Hope to see you there.