By Maria Medina Sanchez
By 1786 , Americans recognized that the Article of confederation had to be for the most part be modified . The article gave congress almost no power to regulate domestic affairs, no power to tax, no power to regulate commerce . Without coercive power , congress had to depend on financial contributions from the states , they could also turned down request . congress had neither the money to pay soldiers for their service in the revolutionary War or to repay foreign loans granted to support the war . In 1786 , the united states was unable to pay certain debts. the nation faced many other challenges and threats . states faced economic discrimination wars against other states . the country was ill-equipped to fight a war and other nations wondered whether treaties with the United States were worth the paper they were written on . Americans suffered from injured pride as European nations dismissed the united states as a Third-rate republic .