If you think the current national debate about the proper balance between freedom and security is unprecedented, think again.

Historian Matthew Warshauer details in a recent book Andrew Jackson’s use of emergency executive powers in New Orleans during the tail end of the War of 1812. Warshauer says neither Jackson’s actions ? nor those of Lincoln, FDR, and other presidents ? set good precendents for the current administration in its War on Terror.

He shared his research during a N.C. History Project Headliner lecture today. 

8:23 p.m. update: Watch the entire presentation here.