As the economic and military weaknesses became apparent, especially after Shays' Rebellion, Americans began asking for changes to the Articles. Their hope was to create a stronger national government. Initially, some states met to deal with their trade and economic problems together. However, as more states became interested in changing the Articles, and as national feeling strengthened, a meeting was set in Philadelphia for May 25, 1787. This became the Constitutional Convention . It was quickly realized that changes would not work, and instead, the entire Articles of Confederation needed to be replaced with a new . Constitution that would dictate the structure of the national government.