Sept. 20: Politics, religion in American West’s age of oil

Darren-DochukPULLMAN, Wash. – Award winning historian Darren Dochuk will discuss “Crude Awakenings: A Sacred History of Oil in the Early 20th-Century American West” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University.

He will consider how oil has inspired Americans to think about their future in sacred terms. Extracted from the earth in mysterious ways, often with the help of spiritualists, oil was imagined as the divinely sanctioned lifeblood of a modernizing nation.

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