From Conversations with History, an interview with Rogers M. Smith on politics and American political ideals. Imagine if the United States really was, as a number of leftists claim to think, “a fascist state”. Josh Rothman on the history of the "Native-American" print. As a Fortune 500 company’s fracking activities in rural West Virginia leave a polluted and drastically altered landscape, locals are fighting back. More on Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White. A review of Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation by Scott Farris. Last bastion of American hegemony: The U.S. has lost its indisputable lead in several industries and disciplines, but it still dominates how business leaders the world over think about management. A review of Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics by Steven J. Ross. The introduction to Philanthropy in America: A History by Olivier Zunz. Moment of conception: How a radical anti-abortion movement matured. The American State — Power Obscured: An interview with William Novak and James Sparrow on why historians should look at the mutual constitution of state and society. Fred Magdoff on lessons from a long history of dissent: From the early twentieth century to Occupy Wall Street. The real divide in America: It isn't red versus blue, it's individualists versus institutionalists — and the latter may finally be winning. Is Americans' religious freedom under threat? In airports, classrooms and doctors' offices, Christians and religious minorities say, Americans are falling short of the founders' First Amendment ideals.