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The ''Volksblatt'' fell on hard times, like all German-language newspapers, during World War I. Anti-German sentiment was running rampant through the country, and newsstands boycotted German newspapers by refusing to sell them. On October 6, 1917, federal employees looking for anything that would label the newspaper as enemy “sympathizers,” raided the ''Volksblatt''’s headquarters. Advertising money, which newspapers relied on to pay their expenses, dried up and the paper began to wither. The ''Volksblatt'' also suffered from the effects of the Prohibition movement sweeping the nation. No longer able to advertise the brewery industry, a large part of the German culture, German-language newspapers lost a precious source of revenue. Editor Charles Krippendorf decided that it no longer made financial sense to continue publication and sold the paper to its rival the ''Cincinnatier Freie Presse'' for $7,500. The ''Volksblatt'' published its last issue on December 5, 1919.
Part of this newspaper has been digitized and is available for research via [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America]: [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045474/issues/ Tägliches Cincinnatier Volksblatt,