The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 46, Issue 2

Article 3
“Now We Know”: The Trial of Roger Mais and Public Opinion in Jamaica, 1944

Roxanne Watson


In 1944 Europe was in the midst of World War II and Britain, an allied nation, brought with her all her colonial strength. When Jamaican journalist Roger Mais, who opposed imperialism, wrote an article criticizing Churchill’s war aim as being the preservation of British supremacy, he was prosecuted under the Defence Regulations that were aimed at ensuring the successful prosecution of the war. This article examines Mais’ prosecution under the regulations, contextualizing it in light of growing tension between the British Empire and the Jamaican national movement.