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Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Anointed with Oil places religion and oil at the center of American history. As prize-winning historian Darren 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.

This event is sponsored by the SMU Center for Presidential History and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Registration required.


February 10
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium)
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX