The modern man with the hoe is:
1) an alien in a foreign land who is hired even without proper working documents. They are the illegal aliens exploited by employers who threatened alert the immigration bureau if they don't agree to employer's conditions, that is, low wages, poor working conditions.
2) laborers who work to earn a living but whose benefits are denied to them because employer believes it would cost him more.
3) workers who are not paid proper wages and benefits like drivers and domestic helpers.
4) Employees, though paid handsomely, are not recognized and appreciated for their hard work and dedication.