During the 20's African Americans achieved great change as they were elected into government positions, created great communities like Harlem, and founded the new music, jazz. Although, even with this great step forward many faced hardships like racism. In the 30's African Americans were hit hard. They were the first to be fired and the last to be hired, about 6 out of every 10 African Americans were unemployed. Along with financial problems, racial tension also rose causing even more difficulty during the tough time.