Linda Upham-Bornstein

March 27th, 2012 by Alice

History, Heritage, and Culture Coordinator

Linda Upham-Bornstein is a Research Assistant Professor in History and Philosophy.  She also serves as the Center for Rural Partnership’s History, Heritage and Culture Coordinator. Her Center for Rural Partnership’s responsibilities include collaborative projects with the Museum of the White Mountains, the Lamson Library, and various North Country history and cultural resources. 

She assists regional partners to advance the Center’s history, heritage and culture objectives throughout the North Country.  Linda also works with Plymouth State University faculty to facilitate summer undergraduate and graduate courses for the White Mountains Institute’s summer heritage programs.

The North Country’s rich history, heritage, and culture were the impetus for Linda’s pursuit of a Ph.D. in United States history at the University of New Hampshire.  Her dissertation, “The Taxpayer as Reformer: ‘Pocketbook Politics’ and the Law, 1860 – 1940,” examines taxpayers as political and legal actors, who saw paying taxes as a source of political legitimacy and empowerment, and the development and expansion of the taxpaying citizen’s right to hold public officials accountable. While Linda is primarily a legal and socio-political historian, her research and teaching also embrace race, labor, and immigration history in the United States.  Linda’s additional position as the History, Heritage and Culture Coordinator for the Center for Rural Partnerships provides her with opportunities to continue working on northern New Hampshire history and heritage projects.


“‘Men of Families’: The Intersection of Labor Conflict and Race in the Norfolk Dry Dock Affair, 1829 – 1831,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 4, no. 1 (Spring 2007) 65 – 97.

“Citizens With a ‘Just Cause’: The New Hampshire Farmer-Labor Party in Depression-Era Berlin,” Historical New Hampshire, 62, no. 2 (Fall 2008) 117 – 137.

Review of Jeff Forret, Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006) for American Nineteenth-Century History, 8, no. 2 (June, 2007) 236 – 237.

“Americanization Programs,” Encyclopedia of American Immigration.

“Immigration Act of 1907,” Encyclopedia of American Immigration.

Papers presented:

“‘Mr. Taxpayer versus Mr. Taxspender’: Taxpayers’ Associations, Pocketbook Politics and the Law During the Great Depression,” Organization of American Historian, April 2010.

“The Taxpayer As Reformer: ‘Pocketbook Politics’ and the Law in New York City, 1900 – 1930,” American Society for Legal History, November 2009.

“Progressive Era Taxpayers’ Actions as a Means of Eliminating Corruption and Promoting Reform in Local Government,” Northeast Law and Society Meeting, Amherst College, May 22, 2007.

“‘Men of Families’: The Intersection of Labor Conflict and Race in the Norfolk Dry Dock Affair, 1829 – 1831,” British Association for American Studies, Cambridge University, April 2005.


Exhibit: Industrial Explorers: Research and Development at Brown Company, Berlin NH 1915-1968

Project Humanist. Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911, 2009 – 2010.


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