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Nixon tapes may touch on Vietnam, Roe vs. Wade in addition to Watergate

June 23, 2009 |  5:30 am

Some 150 hours of taped conversations of former President Nixon before he resigned will be released this morning by the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, as well as thousands of archival documents.

The recordings took place between January and February of 1973, a period that included the brokering of a peace agreement between North and South Vietnam and the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling, which opened the door to legal abortion in the United States.

It was also an era when the Watergate investigation was intensifying, a probe that would force Nixon’s resignation the following year.

The Times will be providing links to portions of the tapes along with archived Los Angeles Times stories from that era. The new material can also be accessed at www.nixonlibrary.gov.