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Daniel Worth convicted of selling Helper's inflammatory anti-slavery book in North Carolina

Randolph County, North Carolina, 1857
03/29/1860 to 03/30/1860
Reverend  Daniel Worth was indicted in both Randolph and Guilford Counties in North Carolina for distributing Hilton Helper's famous anti-slavery book, The Impending Crisis.  In Randolph County, his case went to the jury at 11 p.m. and a guilty verdict was returned at 4 a.m.  The judge sentenced Worth to a year in prison but did not impose the whipping provided for in North Carolina law.  Later, he was also convicted in Guildford County.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Michael Kent Curtis, Free Speech, "The People's Darling Privilege": Struggles for Freedom of expression in American History (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000), 294. 

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