Free Men is a
science fiction short storyby Robert A. Heinlein, collected in one of Heinlein's anthologies, "Expanded Universe", and the collection " The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein". It is copyrighted by Heinlein in 1966, but was probably written between 1947 and 1950, judging from the foreword to it in "Expanded Universe", which mentions that it was written after " Rocket Ship Galileo".
In the story, America has been invaded and occupied after the "20 Minute War" and "Final Sunday". There is a dramatic change in the situation of Barclay Free Company, a small band of resisters.
The story is action-filled, but does pause at moments for a few polemics, the main thrust of which is that free people are free within themselves regardless of outward circumstances. The fierce defense of freedom and American ideals is typical of Heinlein and the period immediately after
World War II.
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