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Letters show how humans priced for sale during slave trade

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Researchers at Britain's Cambridge University have released letters showing how slaves were priced for sale during the 18th century, giving an insight into the wealth and influence behind the pro-slavery lobby at the time.


   St. John's College, which released the papers Thursday, said the papers helped show the powerful vested interests that the abolitionists had to fight against -- an often-neglected side of the story.


   One list included entries such as "Dick, 25, able field negro, 140 pounds" and "Castile, 45, cook and washerwoman, 60 pounds." The total valuation for 54 slaves was 5,100 pounds -- around 500,000 pounds ($782,000) today.


   Images of some of the letters and papers will be available online to researchers and the public as part of a collection of anti-slavery material.

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