Phyllis Whitman Hunter

Mom of Letters

Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World

Born September 20, 19.. (discretion is the better part of valor) she in turn gave birth to Kimberly Gwyn Hunter and Zachary Jay Hunter (of fame) and is celebrating the publishing of her first book PURCHASING IDENTITY IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD: Massachusetts Merchants, 1670-1780, a scholarly work about the birth of American capitalism and transatlantic trade in early colonial New England. Before we get to that, however, let's start at the beginning.

Phyllis grew up in Allentown, PA spending much time figure skating and playing the cello, a gift with which her mother Dorothy Whitman was greatly blessed. She then attended and Graduated from Harvard University with degree in American History. While in Cambridge she met a handsome devil named Thomas Oakford Hunter (tater's pop) whom she married at historic Old North Church in Boston, MA. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, they split up and Phyllis moved on to become

  • Sales Manager for a natural foods & personal care product manufacturer
  • Waitress at a hotel restuarant
  • Stockbroker
  • Founder, owner and president of her own financial planning company
  • Graduate Student
It was that last one that really stuck. After earning a Masters degree from the University of South Florida she went on to claim a Ph.D. in American Studies from William & Mary University.

Phyllis is currently teaching at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and, as previously mentioned, just published her first book at the University of Cornell press. Needless to say, we are all exteremly proud of her. She's currently beginning work on her next book tentatively focusing on the imaging of "The East" in early colonial America. If you want to know what that means, you'll have to ask her. ;)

Keep an eye on this page as we might soon have some samplings of both Phyllis's writing and her individually styled watercolor "homages" of the world's great artwork.

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