This collection reveals the relationships developed in social clubs, churches, boardrooms, backrooms, and educational institutions, between the families of Cuban professionals and the Anglo-American colony. Transnational socioeconomic bonds strengthened through intimate cross-cultural educational, occupational or social relationships, as foreign-trained Cuban professionals exerted a subtle sway over the political consciousness of Anglo-American residents. Early on, these cross-cultural relationships helped to fuel and support the anti-Batista movement and then the first phase of the revolutionary government. However, soon after 1959, many Anglo-Americans residents and their Cuban allies soured on the revolution and reoriented their vast transnational networks toward counter-revolutionary activities.
Bishop Armando Rodríguez became head of the autonomous Methodist church in Cuba in the 1960s after Anglo-American missionaries left the island.