The closely intertwined histories of North and South Carolina are sketched here in two separate volumes. Each author makes at least a perfunctory stab at describing the lives of typical settlers and the major differences between the two groups of colonists do emerge--small farmers and small-scale slavery in the north; gentleman planters and a well entrenched slave system in the south. Lacy, especially, devotes many pages to recounting the colony's relation to larger events such as the Stamp Act and the Continental Congress, but without expanding on such interesting questions as its pushing for the Bill of Rights. Lyman's history is even thinner; a full seventeen pages are devoted to appendices that list dates, places and prominent people. At school report time, these outlines will be more convenient than reference books, but they are scarcely more inviting.