Douglass was a free man, with both of the words "free" and "man" being significant.
Within the autobiography, chapter one lets you learn about who Frederick Douglass is and you learn about his childhood. Not only does Douglass read of abolition, giving him hope, he also learns the importance of his education. Thirdly, at Covey's farm he finally stood up for himself and resisted Covey's brutal and capricious beatings.
Through expanding his mind and attaining a full realization of his capabilities, he realized he was not meant to be a slave and endeavored to free himself from bondage. Which he wrote himself, for the sole purpose of revealing to and persuading the people, the realities of slavery and how it is the most immoral act that a man can take part in.
At Freeland's farm he gave lessons to nearly forty slaves, improving their lives immeasurably.
Despite accusations of inaccuracy, Douglass effectively disproves the mythology of slavery through his vivid and poignant accounts as a slave himself During this time slavery was popular in the Southern states in the 19th century