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In "A Talk to Teachers," what is the significance of the relationship James Baldwin establishes with his audience in the opening two paragraphs?

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I think that Baldwin establishes a type of rapport with his audience in his work.  At the outset of the work,  Baldwin speaks to teachers and clearly identifies them as vitally important in their role with children, a relationship that he will continue throughout the work.  He is able to speak to teachers in a manner that does not degrade them, but rather recognizes clearly the impact that they have on children.  Baldwin continues this tone of respect by making it clear that he is "easily intimidates" speaking to a group who has such an impact on a child's life...

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