It was 10,000-12,000 years ago, somewhere in the Middle East when a woman noticed food budding in ground where she previously discarded seeds. This observation opened a path for human transition from hunter/gatherers to agriculturalists and pastoralists. A sedentary life centered on agriculture and animal husbandry led to creation of excess food, in turn opening a path toward power and wealth. When others were hungry and those with excess refused to share, warfare erupted. The spoils went to the victorious. What to do with the vanquished? Should they be killed or put to other use? Slavery emerged. But slavery is not one thing, it has many meanings, mutating from salvation for the vanquished to the depths of despair in the cotton plantation south. This class examines this history.