Joyce Appleby Biography

Joyce Appleby (April 9, 1929–December 23, 2016) taught early American history at UCLA beginning in 1981, having begun her career as a historian at San Diego State University in 1967. Writing on 17th- and 18th-century England and France in addition to early America, she had an abiding interest in how changing economic systems prompted new ways of thinking about human nature and social action.


Materialism and morality in the American past: themes and sources, 1600-1860. Compiled by Joyce O. Appleby. Reading, Mass., Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1974.

Economic thought and ideology in seventeenth century England, by Joyce Oldham Appleby. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1978.

Capitalism and a new social order: the Republican vision of the 1790s, by Joyce Appleby. New York: New York University Press, 1984.

Understanding the United States Constitution 1787-1987: three bicentennial lectures, by Joyce Appleby, Forrest McDonald, Joseph Cropsey. Colorado Springs: Colorado College, 1988.

Without resolution: the Jeffersonian tension in American nationalism: an inaugural lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 25 April 1991, by Joyce Oldham Appleby. Oxford [England]: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Liberalism and republicanism in the historical imagination, by Joyce Appleby. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Telling the truth about history, by Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacob. New York: Norton, 1994.

Knowledge and postmodernism in historical perspective, edited by Joyce Appleby ... [et al.]. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Recollections of the early republic: selected autobiographies, edited by Joyce Appleby. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997.

The American journey, by Joyce Appleby, Alan Brinkley, James M. McPherson; National Geographic Society. Teacher's wraparound ed. New York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1998.

Thomas Jefferson, political writings, edited by Joyce Appleby and Terence Ball. Selections. 1999. New York: Cambridge University Pres, 1999.

Inheriting the revolution: the first generation of Americans, by Joyce Appleby. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 2000.

Encyclopedia of women in American history. Armonk, N. Y.: Sharpe Reference, 2002.

Thomas Jefferson, by Joyce Appleby. 1st ed. New York: Times Books, 2003.

Presidential Columns

"Civility": The Key Term for the Waning Years of Our Millennium (Perspectives, February 1997)
Should We All Become Public Historians? (Perspectives, March 1997)
Reviving the Teacher-Scholar Ideal (Perspectives, April 1997)
History Standards Then and Now (Perspectives, May 1997)
Is the Marketplace Too Much with Us? (Perspectives, September 1997)
Of Parcels and Part-Timers . . . (Perspectives, October 1997)
Networks, Knots, Historians, and the Public Good (Perspectives, November 1997)
Echoes and Reverberations for a Retiring President (Perspectives, December 1997)