John M. Cammett

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Professor John M.Cammett a distinguished historian, Italianist, and most renowned Gramsci scholar in the United States, died in July 2008 in New York.

Early life/career

John Cammett was active in labor politics and the trade union movement well before completing his studies at Columbia University. For most of his academic career he was a professor of History at John Jay College of the City Univ. of New York, where he also served for many years as dean. Cammett was also a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of CUNY[1].

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 John Cammett was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[2]

Socialist Scholars Conference 1966

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1966, held September 9-11, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[3]

The Crisis of the Comintern: Fascism and the Popular Front Communist Theories of Fascism, 1921-1935

  • John M. Cammett, Rutgers University

The Formation of the Popular Front in France: Socialist-Communist Unity of Action in 1934

No Pararan! - Notes on the Origins of the Frente Popular


Gramsci scholar

A founding member of the International Gramsci Society, John Cammett worked indefatigably since the 1980s to promote the IGS.

Cammett was the author of the first book-long study on Gramsci in the English language: Antonio Gramsci and the Origins of Italian Communism (Stanford University Press, 1967). In the 1990s Cammett came to be known the world over for his comprehensive Bibliografia gramsciana which cataloged and described thousands of books and articles on Gramsci (as well as works by Gramsci) in numerous languages. The first edition of Cammett’s meticulous bibliography was presented at the International Gramsci Congress that was held in Formia in 1989—it listed 6,000 titles in 26 languages. The bibliography, continuously updated by the Fondazione Gramsci, has grown to 17,000 titles in 40 languages, and is now also readily available on line.

John Cammett inspired all the major initiatives of the IGS and was the major driving force behind its growth[4].


  2. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheke Dinner, April 28, 1966
  3. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.