In the first programme, he meets some of the people who challenged the segregation laws, among them the Rev Jesse Jackson.
In this second programme, he comes across six thousand Confederates in South Carolina rallying to keep their flag flying over the state's capital building, as it has since 1962.
Congressman John Lewis talks about the region's violent, racist history, and a search for the grave of Blind Willie McTell.
In this third programme, he interviews the Rev Jesse Jackson and recreates the journey across the bridge at Selma, Alabama - a turning point for the civil rights movement.
In this fourth programme, he visits Mississippi, where he calls in at the record label that is keeping the blues alive, and pauses at the boyhood home of Elvis Presley
Andy Kershaw continues his musical journey across America.
This week, he goes bowling with soul queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas, goes to a Cajun dance in Bayou country, and meets Johnnie Allan, aka the Ambassador of the Swamps.
In this programme, he explores Texas, before preparing for the final stage of his journey to Los Angeles.