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A Primer on How Quaker Pacifists Became Among the USA’s First Political Prisoners, Prisoners of Congress: Philadelphia’s Quakers in Exile, 1777-1778

Please join us for a thought-provoking discussion of Prisoners of Congress with author Norman E. Donoghue II (JD '69). Mr. Donoghue, an independent scholar of 18th Century Quakers, will share the little-known story of the 17 Quakers who in 1777 were arrested by the Continental Congress and Pennsylvania authorities who made no criminal allegations, denied the men any hearing to defend themselves and stripped them of the sacred rights of habeas corpus. Please check this link ( for additional details about the book and the author. This event concludes with a reception. For those that cannot attend in person, the event will also be available on Zoom at This event is co-sponsored by the Duke University Libraries and Goodson Law Library. Please contact Professor Alex Zhang at for more information.