Henry Bryant was an escaped slave from Kentucky who settled in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Two of his daughters moved from Canada to Rochester, NY. The U.S. Department of Labor attempted to deport daughter, Isabella Bryant. The U.S. District Court ruled that Isabella was a U.S. citizen because Henry Bryant became a U.S. citizen with the Ratification of the 13th Amendment, and he never became a citizen of Canada. The case brought forth the ongoing discussion of the citizenship status of the children of former slaves in the United States.
“Bryant, Isabella,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database.
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