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Joyce Oldham Appleby (April 9, 1929 – December 23, 2016) was an American historian. She was a professor of history at UCLA. She served as president of the Organization of American Historians (1991) and the American Historical Association (1997).

Joyce Appleby
Joyce Oldham

(1929-04-09)April 9, 1929
DiedDecember 23, 2016(2016-12-23) (aged 87)
Board member ofOrganization of American Historians (1991)
American Historical Association (1997)
Spouse(s)Andrew Bell Appleby
Academic background
EducationStanford University (BA)
Claremont Graduate University (PhD)
Academic work


Appleby was born in Omaha, Nebraska.[1] Her father was a businessman. She attended public schools in Omaha, Dallas, Kansas City, Evanston, Phoenix, and Pasadena.[citation needed]

Appleby received her B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1950 and then became a magazine writer in New York.[1] Returning to academia, she earned her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School in 1966.

Appleby was the widow of Andrew Bell Appleby, a professor of European history at San Diego State University.[1] Her first marriage to Mark Lansburgh ended in divorce. She had three children: Ann Lansburgh Caylor, Mark Lansburgh, and Frank Bell Appleby.[1]

Appleby died on December 23, 2016 at the age of 87.[2][3]


Appleby taught at San Diego State University from 1967 to 81, then became a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993.[4] In 1990–1991 she was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

When she was the president of the Organization of American Historians, Appleby secured congressional support for an endowment to send American Studies libraries to 60 universities around the world; a selection of 1,000 books were made by a group of scholars on American history, literature, political science, sociology, and philosophy.[5]

Appleby was a specialist in historiography and the political thought of the early American Republic, with special interests in Republicanism, liberalism, and the history of ideas about capitalism.[1] She served on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals and editorial projects, and received prominent national fellowships.




External video
  Booknotes interview with Appleby on Inheriting the Revolution, June 18, 2000, C-SPAN
  Q&A interview with Appleby on The Relentless Revolution, May 16, 2010, C-SPAN
  Interview with Appleby on Shores of Knowledge, May 6, 2014, C-SPAN
  • Economic Thought and Ideology in Seventeenth Century England (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1978) ISBN 978-0-691-05265-6
  • Capitalism and a New Social Order: The Republican Vision of the 1790s (New York: New York University Press, 1984) ISBN 978-0-8147-0581-0
  • Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1992) ISBN 978-0-674-53012-6
  • (co-author) Telling the Truth About History (New York, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1994) ISBN 978-0-393-31286-7
  • (ed.) Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historical Perspective (New York: Routledge, 1996) ISBN 978-0-415-91382-9
  • (ed.) Recollections of the Early Republic: Selected Autobiographies (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997) ISBN 978-1-55553-301-4
  • Inheriting the Revolution : The First Generation of Americans (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press, 2000) ISBN 978-0-674-00236-4
  • (ed.) Thomas Paine, Common Sense and Other Writings (New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2005) ISBN 978-1-59308-209-3
  • The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010) ISBN 978-0-393-06894-8
  • Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2013) ISBN 978-0-393-23951-5

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  1. ^ a b c d e Chan, Sewell (January 2, 2017). "Joyce Appleby, Historian of Capitalism and American Identity, Is Dead at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  2. ^ "The Faculty Lounge: Joyce Appleby (1929–2016)". Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  3. ^ "In Memoriam: Joyce Appleby (1929–2016) « The Junto". 2016-12-30. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  5. ^ "JOYCE O APPLEBY". UCLA Department of History. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.

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