I’ve been enjoying the “earliest voices” sampling from the Vincent Voice Archive. It’s been fascinating to hear the voices of the turn of the 19th/20th century.
Just now I listened to a 1904 Eugene V Debs speech and a similar era speech from William McKinley. They spoke with an accent or style that one doesn’t hear anymore. Can anyone with more background in history/linquistics listen and tell me if these recordings are evidence of a faded accent or merely an outdated affectation? In both I note a distinct rolling/trilling of Rs.