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