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Book-burning takes place in South Carolina during trial of man for circulating anti-slavery literature

Greenville District, South Carolina, 1857
Harold Wyllys, a young area farmer, went on trial in Greenville, South Carolina charged with circulating Hilton Helper's controversial book on slavery called The Impending Crisis.  During a break in the trial, outside the courthouse, copies of Helper's book and other offending publications were ceremonially burned before large crowds.  Wyllys was convicted later that day and sentenced to a year's imprisonment.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 261.