This first-hand account, from a man who commanded one of the last legal slave vessels to cross the Atlantic, offers a frequently troubling yet revealing look into the moral sense and rationale of an 18th-century slave trader. Hugh Crow's chronicle leaves nothing to the imagination, as he recounts the harsh routine of daily life on a slave vessel, where on average a fifth of the crew—not to mention the human cargo—never survived the crossing. Crow portrays himself as an "enlightened" slaver, a claim he justifies by linking his close attention to his "negroes" with his financial success, and by proudly recording the songs composed for him by the slaves themselves.
"This edition makes available to a wider audience a classic narrative of the slave trade. That Crow's many claims must be treated with utmost caution does not lessen its importance, for that lies in the perspective it gives into a group of men among the most reviled by history for the trade in which they were engaged."—International History Review