Has anyone noticed how american accents have changed since the 19th century?

youtube has some early sound films from 1929 featuring interviews with elderly americans ranging from 79 to 103 years old. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FE30a4J38Q these elders grew up in the mid 19th century. besides their noticeable mental acuity for persons that age, they all spoke with similar accents... show more youtube has some early sound films from 1929 featuring interviews with elderly americans ranging from 79 to 103 years old.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FE30a4J38Q

these elders grew up in the mid 19th century. besides their noticeable mental acuity for persons that age, they all spoke with similar accents resembling, somewhat, modern maine accents, regardless of which part of the country they were from. has anyone studied this trend?
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