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Whistleblowers protected in 1777

June 13, 2011

New York Times Op-Ed “The Whistle-Blowers of 1777” by Stephen M. Kohn (June 13, 2011)

Original Documents from Continental Congress

Letter from the Warren Sailors February 1777 –  The letter from sailors discloses misconduct by the commander of the US Navy

Congressional testimony from whistleblower Caption John Grannis

Appeal Letter (July 23, 1778) – Whistleblowers Marven and Shaw ask for Congress’ help after being retaliated against by the former commander of US Navy

Continental Congress Journal (July 30, 1778)  – America’s First whistleblower protection law passed unanimously by the Continental Congress

Continental Congress Journal (May 22, 1779) – Congress honors its promise and pays the attorneys fees and costs incurred in the successful defense of Marven and Shaw

For the full story, read The Whistleblower’s Handbook

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